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Watch Jimi Hendrix's Death Announcement from ABC News

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Guitar legend Jimi Hendrix died in London 44 years ago this month — on September 18, 1970. He was only 27.

Although all these facts have become common knowledge for rock and guitar fans, there was a moment when it was actual news — the sort of announcement that makes you always remember where you were when you heard it.

For instance, I remember I was in my crib with a bottle of formula in my hands.

Regardless, check out this actual ABC News announcement of the guitarist's death.

Although it was totally normal and expected at the time, it's amusing how the reporter treats rock music as something from another planet, a sign of the generation gap that still distanced reporters from a growing segment of the people they were reporting to.

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