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Did Jimi Hendrix Have Any Children? The Truth About the Musician’s Family

Did Jimi Hendrix Have Any Children? The Truth About the Musician’s Family

Rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix had many romantic relationships in his life, but the question of whether or not these relationships resulted in children is more complicated.

It’s widely accepted that Jimi Hendrix had two children: a daughter and a son. That said, no paternity test was ever done while he was alive and, because he died in 1970 at just 27 years old, he spent little time with them.

Tamika Laurice James Hendrix, who claims to be Jimi Hendrix’s daughter, was born on February 11, 1967, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her mother is Diana Carpenter.

Meanwhile, James Daniel Sundquist was born on October 5, 1969, to Eva Sundquist. He claims to be Hendrix’s son. In the years since his birth, James came out as transexual. Sundquist now identifies as a woman and goes by the name Nicole.

It’s worth noting that there really is no public admission from Jimi Hendrix that he ever fathered children.

Jimi Hendrix’s Life Was Filled With Speculation, Including His Children

What seems like sensible steps to take in today’s world to figure out who the father is (a la Maury Povich) were not taken in the 1960s or 1970s. Because of that, we’ll never truly know how many children Jimi Hendrix had.

A guitar virtuoso who changed the music world many times over, Hendrix died from choking on his vomit in 1970 after overdosing on sleeping pills.

Hendrix’s life away from the stage has been filled with speculation and even accusations from some. There’s little doubt that he spent time partying with other rock music stars of his day. Jimi Hendrix had his fair share of short-term relationships as well, any of which could have led to children.

Most Hendrix fans know that he never had a family in the form of a “nuclear family.” Yes, he had his parents, but Hendrix’s “family” was from a number of different love relationships.

Among a list of what can be termed as “known” girlfriends, include Linda Keith, Kathy Etchingham, Devin Wilson, Monika Dannemann (who was with Hendrix in his final hours alive), Carmen Borrero, Faye Pridgeon, and Joyce Lucas. Most of these were from his time in New York City or London, where Hendrix’s music broke through initially.

Dannemann came under intense scrutiny since she was his final girlfriend. Jimi Hendrix was found unresponsive at her place in the Samarkand Hotel in London. He was rushed to a London hospital but died soon after. Dannemann spent much of her life painting, mostly reflective of Hendrix and his imagery. Sadly, she died in 1996 by suicide.

Many Relationships Dotted Hendrix’s Lifestyle

And yes, it’s even possible that this list does not reflect all of Hendrix’s relationships. Living in London in the 1960s, Hendrix had taken the music world by storm.

In his lifetime, Hendrix never said that he was married. These relationships, though, form a connecting line along his own timeline of success.

Without a definitive answer regarding his children, there have been challenges to Jimi Hendrix’s estate over the years. That estate, estimated to be worth $30 million at one time, fell into the hands of his father, Al.

Over the years, the estate has found new ways to market Hendrix’s name, image, likeness, and music. One thing it also has provided is albums or CDs of never-before-released songs. These, too, have helped fill in blanks, either about family, music, or career, when it comes to the musician’s life.

Putting together the pieces of a family life around Jimi Hendrix is one complicated puzzle. There are pieces all over the place, though, connected by one thin thread of a 27-year-old’s life.