Drake Visits Jimi Hendrix’s Grave, Pens Note for Guitarist
Drake has been so inspired by the musical talent of the late Jimi Hendrix that he visited his grave and wrote him a letter. The 23-year-old revealed in an interview to Rolling Stone that his adoration for Hendrix, who died from a drug overdose in 1970, drove him to visit his final resting place.
Drake made a pit stop at the cemetery in Washington state, while in town for a performance at the Bumbershoot festival. “I’m a huge fan,” he said. “I play the DVD of Hendrix at Woodstock to pump me up before I perform. Watching him go out there at 10 in the morning in shitty weather and conquer the world always gives me a little more adrenaline. I just left a little letter for Jimi at his grave. It wasn’t a real letter. I just wrote him a message on a pack of Zig-Zags. It said, ‘Still inspired.”
Hendrix, who is considered to be one of the greatest electric guitarists of all time, cut his stardom short by ingesting a lethal dosage of Vesperex sleeping pills. He was also found asphyxiated in his own vomit. Decades later Hendrix continues to receive posthumous accolades, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994, and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.
This isn’t the first time Drizzy has shared his love for a dead musician via a letter. He also penned a dedication to singer Aaliyah, who died in a plane crash in 2001, thanking her for her inspiration.