It Was 40 Years Ago Today: Brian Jones Found Dead in Pool

Early in the hours of Thursday, July 3, 1969, former Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was found dead at the bottom of his Cotchford Farm pool in Sussex.

Jones’s girlfriend, Anna Wholin, along with builder Frank Thorgood and his girlfriend Janet Lawson, were all present at Cotchford Farm and each gave differing accounts of what happened. In the end, the coroner ruled it a “death by misadvanture” while adding that Jones died under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

The Rolling Stones were notified of his death by telephone in studio while working on their Let It Bleed album with new guitarist Mick Taylor. Two days later, the group put on a free concert at London’s Hyde Park and dedicated the show to Jones.

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