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Police to review Brian Jones case

September 01, 2009|Associated Press

British police said Monday that they would review the death of Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones, whose 1969 drowning was ruled an accident but sparked decades of speculation that he was murdered.

Sussex police in southeast England said they would examine new documents received from an investigative journalist relating to Jones' death.

"It's too early to comment at this time as to what the outcome might be," the Sussex duty inspector said. Police did not give further details.

The Mail on Sunday reported that journalist Scott Jones -- who is not related to the musician -- has handed over 600 documents to Sussex police.

Brian Jones, one of the founding members of the Rolling Stones, died July 2, 1969, at age 27, his body found in the swimming pool at his 11-acre Sussex estate, just a month after he left the band.

A coroner said Jones drowned while under the influence of alcohol and drugs, but the ruling did not quiet speculation that Jones' death was not an accident.

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