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The life of James Daniel Sundquist, who is also known as Nicole, is as complex and multifaceted as that of his legendary father, Jimi Hendrix. Born on October 5, 1969, in Stockholm, Sweden, to Jimi Hendrix and Eva Sundquist, he has navigated a life shaped by the absence of a father he never met and a world that has been continually captivated by his father’s legendary status.

Jimi Hendrix, an icon of electric guitar and a revolutionary in the music world, left a mark on history despite a mainstream career that spanned a mere four years. Jimi Hendrix’s influence stretches across the annals of 20th-century music, but for James Daniel, this was a legacy he observed from a distance, sharing his father’s African-Cherokee looks but not his artistic inclinations. Unlike his father, he does not play the guitar or any other instrument, and though he appreciates music, he has stated he is not a fervent follower of the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

The relationship between James Daniel’s parents began in a spontaneous connection: a meeting on a tram in Stockholm while Jimi was on tour. This chance encounter with Eva Sundquist led to a relationship sustained even after Jimi’s departure, culminating in the birth of their son. Tragically, Jimi Hendrix’s plans to return to Stockholm in 1970 and meet his son were never realized, as his life was cut short.

The narrative of Hendrix’s death is a tale mired in confusion and controversy, his final hours spent with then-girlfriend Monika Dannemann. The exact circumstances of his death remain a topic of debate, with conflicting accounts and the haunting detail that his demise was due to asphyxia, triggered by an overdose of sleeping pills.

In the aftermath, Jimi Hendrix’s father, Al Hendrix, inherited his estate, unfortunately excluding other family members, including James Daniel Sundquist. A legal battle ensued when James Daniel, equipped with a Swedish paternity judgment, laid claim to his father’s legacy. This contest over Hendrix’s estate, valued at upwards of $30 million, became a protracted legal saga, with James Daniel asserting his rightful place as an heir.

The absence of paternity tests and the complexities surrounding the potential exhumation of Hendrix’s body for DNA evidence added layers of complexity to an already difficult situation. However, confirming this through testing would necessitate the disinterment of Jimi Hendrix’s body, a prospect to which Daniel remarked: “It’s a horrible thought, but if it’s the only way to find out what’s right or what’s wrong, then it can’t be avoided”

 

Jimi Hendrix’s Son, James Daniel, Changes His Name to Nicole

Portrait of Jimi Hendrix's son, James Daniel Sundquist
Portrait of Jimi Hendrix’s son, James Daniel Sundquist. Credit: Rex
Portrait of Jimi Hendrix's son, James Daniel Sundquist.
Portrait of Jimi Hendrix’s son, James Daniel Sundquist. Credit: aftonbladet

The personal journey of James Daniel took another profound turn at the age of 32, when he began the process of transitioning, becoming Nicole. This transition was not just about gender identity but also about the affirmation of self in a society that harbored taboos against such changes, especially in his home country of Sweden. Nicole’s story underscores the complexities of self-identity and acceptance in a world that often resists variance from the norm.

Nonetheless, the path that James, now known as Nicole, embarked on was met with significant challenges. Speaking on this issue, Nicole’s mother Eva Sundquist said: “It is very difficult for him. Most of Europe is very liberal. But here in Sweden, such behavior is still a taboo subject. He has been pretty depressed lately.

Nicole, who now prefers to go by this name, has kept a low profile regarding her profession and net worth. While Hendrix’s estate is publicly estimated to be worth $80 million, Nicole’s wealth remains undisclosed.

As the child of a global music icon, Nicole’s own narrative unfolds within the complicated dynamics of inheritance—both genetic and material. Her quest for recognition, both legally and personally, is set against the backdrop of Jimi Hendrix’s towering legacy.

I’m not angry with Al. I just feel I’ve been treated unfairly. I want people to know that I am not a fake.” – James Daniel Sundquist

 

Eva Sundquist with Jimi Hendrix's son, James Daniel Sundquist.
Eva Sundquist with Hendrix’s son, James Daniel Sundquist. Credit: i.pinimg

 

FAQs about James Daniel Sundquist and His Claim to Jimi Hendrix’s Legacy

Q: Who is considered Hendrix’s Swedish heir? A: James Henrik Daniel Sundquist, also known as Jimi Hendrix Jr., has been acknowledged by Swedish courts as the son of Jimi Hendrix and has filed a lawsuit to inherit his estate.

Q: What legal actions have been taken regarding Jimi Hendrix’s estate? A: James Henrik Daniel Sundquist, who has changed his name to Jimi Hendrix Jr., filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Al Hendrix, Jimi Hendrix’s father, claiming he is the rightful heir.

Q: What is the value of Hendrix’s estate? A: The Hendrix estate, which includes recordings, films, and song copyrights, is estimated to be worth between $30 million and $90 million, with ownership spread across several corporations.

Q: Does Al Hendrix acknowledge Jimi Jr. as his grandson? A: Al Hendrix does not legally acknowledge Jimi Jr. as his grandson.

Q: What connection does Eva Sundquist have with Jimi? A: Eva Sundquist is the mother of James Henrik Daniel Sundquist and has testified about her relationship with Jimi Hendrix and his inquiries about their child before his death.

Q: Was there a ruling on Jimi Hendrix’s paternity in Sweden? A: In the mid-1970s, Swedish judges declared Jimi Hendrix to be the father of James Henrik Daniel Sundquist, but the validity of this ruling under U.S. law is still disputed.

Q: Did Jimi Hendrix have another child? Yes, aside from James Daniel Sundquist, Jimi Hendrix is said to have had a daughter, Tamika Laurice James Hendrix, born from his relationship with Diane Carpenter.


 

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