“If guitar legend Jimi hadn’t died of a drug overdose at 27, he’d be 75 on Monday – and a very rich man. Today his bitter relatives are still fighting to get a share of his millions.”
Jimi Hendrix would be 75, if he was still alive.
The Express’ recent article, “Jimi Hendrix: Family feud over guitar legend’s £130million estate,” noted that Jimi died in London in 1970 at age 27.
His family has been counting the money ever since.
Nearly 50 years after Jimi’s death, he’s still one of the world’s highest-earning posthumous celebrities, earning more than $6.6 million last year. His $175 million estate remains a battleground. Jimi’s younger brother Leon, 69, has been battling the estate for the past 15 years, with three court cases awaiting trial.
Jimi’s estate is run by his adopted stepsister Janie. Leon saw his brother’s formative years. Jimi’s first instrument was a ukulele from a garage sale.
He’s has felt plagued by conspiracies, since being cut out of his father’s will, which he’s contested.
Jimi died with no will and his then $66 million estate was inherited by his father Al. He drafted his own will, dividing the estate between his children and grandchildren. Leon claims that his dad was going to leave him $25 million in a trust fund, but in his final years Leon said his dad signed papers to cut him out of the will. When Al died in 2002, he left one gold record to Leon, while control of the Hendrix estate and its fortune went to Janie.
Leon sued to have his father’s original will reinstated, claiming that Janie had exerted undue influence on him. However, she argued that Leon had been stripped of his inheritance because of his problems with drink, drugs, and crime. A court judge upheld Janie’s control of the estate in 2004, but three years later, Leon won a lawsuit giving him rights to Jimi’s likeness and image. When Leon produced Hendrix vodka, liquor, T-shirts and hi-fi speakers, she sued to stop him.
Janie is suing Leon for marketing Hendrix cannabis, alcohol and electronic goods, calling him a “serial infringer.” In addition, she’s brought an action to stop him from releasing a song on his new album that sounds like Jimi’s hit Foxy Lady, Leon claims.
Reference: The Express (November 25, 2017) “Jimi Hendrix: Family feud over guitar legend’s £130million estate”