This is basically one of those wild developments that you’d expect to see in a conspiracy theory book or documentary.
But, in fact, police are now reviewing the initial findings in the ‘accidental’ 1969 death of Brian Jones, the founder of The Rolling Stones and the troubled musical genius behind their early success.
Jones (far left) was found dead in a swimming pool in England in July, 1969. His death was ruled ‘without incident,’ in part due to his chronic substance abuse and increasingly unstable behavior. At 27, he was proving himself to be in a downward spiral and increasingly unable to contribute to the band.
But Jones’ death was clearly a musical tragedy given his accomplishments as a songwriter and musician – even if he melted down towards the end. In his 1979 book, ‘Up and Down with the Rolling Stones,’ band insider Tony Sanchez noted that Jones was so out of control that he once destroyed a treasure trove of brililant music on his reel-to-reel tape deck while heavily intoxicated.
Those scenes were, unfortunately, becoming more commonplace before he died.
Now the cops think his death may be a homicide, something fans have been theorizing about for decades. Maybe now we’ll find out? They’re just not giving many details on the new evidence.
Anyway, here’s how the BBC covered the story:
Police are reviewing the investigation into the death of The Rolling Stones‘ guitarist Brian Jones after the emergence of new evidence.
Detectives in Sussex are re-examining the case from 40 years ago after being handed relevant new documents, reports BBC News.
Jones (far left) was found dead, aged 27, in July 1969 at the bottom of a private swimming pool at Cotchford Farm in Hartfield, East Sussex. A verdict of death by misadventure was recorded at the time, although some fans have since claimed he was murdered.
A spokesperson for the police said it was too early to say whether a new investigation will be launched, but they will look at the “new papers”.
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