For some time Brian and the Stones were being targeted by Scotland Yard in an effort to deter the public from taking drugs. Brian in particular had been arrested several times and was facing a jail sentence.
During this period of his decreasing involvement with the band, Jones was living at Cotchford Farm in East Sussex, the residence formerly owned by Winnie-the-Pooh author A. A. Milne, which Jones had purchased in November 1968.
At around midnight on the night of 2–3 July 1969, Jones was discovered motionless at the bottom of his swimming pool at the Farm. His Swedish girlfriend, Anna Wohlin, was convinced he was alive when they took him out, insisting he still had a pulse. However, by the time the doctors arrived, it was too late, and he was pronounced dead.
Allegations of murder have surfaced since that fateful day. Wohlin claimed in 1999 that Jones had been murdered by a builder who had been renovating the house. The builder, Frank Thorogood, allegedly confessed to the murder on his deathbed to the Rolling Stones' driver, Tom Keylock, who later denied this. In the book The Murder of Brian Jones, Wohlin alleges that Thorogood behaved suspiciously and showed little sympathy when Jones was discovered in the pool (he was the last to see Jones alive), but she has stated that he was not present at Jones's death.
His death at 27 was the first of the Sixties rock movement; Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison found their own drug-related deaths at the same age within two years (Morrison dying two years to the day after Jones). He is one of the well known members of the 27 Club.
The Rolling Stones performed the free concert in Hyde Park on 5 July 1969, two days after Jones's death. The Stones opened with a Johnny Winter song that was one of Jones's favourites, "I'm Yours and I'm Hers".
The concert, which had been scheduled weeks earlier as an opportunity to present new guitarist, Mick Taylor, was dedicated to Jones.
Jones was not only the founder of The Rolling Stones – but one of the coolest ‘rock stars’ who ever lived. His influence on music and fashion is still with us – as time rolls on - 40 odd years later.
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