Jimi Hendrix's brother has lost out on his bid for money from the late guitarist's estate.

Seattle, Washington's King County Superior Court judge JEFFREY RAMSDELL ruled instead on Friday (24SEP04) that JANIE HENDRIX, stepsister to Jimi and to LEON who brought the lawsuit, will continue to manage the bulk of the estimated $80 million (GBP44.4 million) estate.

Jimi's father AL HENDRIX eventually received the rights to his music after his 1970 death but died himself in 2002, leaving most of the estate to his daughter Janie, whom he adopted after marrying her mother.

Leon's battles with drug addiction, his failure to complete a treatment program, his unwillingness to work and his continual demands for money were the major reason Al Hendrix cut his younger son from his will in 1998, said Ramsdell.

In a related claim, other family members had asserted that Janie and cousin BOB HENDRIX mismanaged trust funds, using money from the trusts for spa treatments and expensive cars.

The judge also ruled on Friday that Janie and her cousin should be removed as trustees of that trust fund, saying the pair had breached their administrative duties.

26/09/2004 10:31