By Chris Dolmetsch
Nov. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Mitch Mitchell, the drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, was found dead in a Portland, Oregon, hotel today, KGW-TV reported, citing a medical examiner. He was 61, according to Web sites including allmusic.com.
Mitchell's body was found just after 3 a.m. at the Benson Hotel, the station reported. He probably died of natural causes, KGW-TV said, citing the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. An autopsy was scheduled for today.
Mitchell played for the Jimi Hendrix Experience from 1966 to 1969 and backed the legendary guitarist at the Woodstock and Isle of Wight festivals. He had been playing with a Hendrix tribute tour that stopped in Portland last week, the station reported.
Hendrix, whose hits included ``Purple Haze,'' died of a drug overdose at the age of 27 in 1970.