Start with this thorough podcast retracing Milestones from the last year of Jim‘s life by DJ Bennett (killradio.org). Music journalist, Ben-Fong Torres, interviewed Jim for Rolling Stone magazine in February 1971 in L.A. This interview offers an extraordinary glimpse into Jim’s state of mind just weeks before his departure to Paris.
Photos from the last Doors concert in New Orleans, December 1970.
When did Jim go to Paris?
Born on December 8, 1943, Jim was 27 years old at the time of his death. Thus joining Hendrix, Joplin, Cobain, et al. in the 27 Club.
Why did Jim go to Paris?
By Ray Manzarek
Letter from Jim Morrison to his accountant, Bob Greene
Sent from Paris, 1971.
How are you? The weather today finally turned sunny after a month of grey. Paris is beautiful in the sun, an exciting town built for human beings.
Speaking to Bill a while back, I told him of our desire to stay on here indefinitely. Will that be possible? Could you write & give me an idea of how long we can stay on living at our present rate. A sort of financial statement in general. Also, a copy of the partnership agreement if it was ever completed.
We’ve decided to turn the shop over to Tom & Judy so they can seek a loan—all but the furnishings & some personal things which we’ll keep. Eventually, we’d like to be completely clear of any involvement. Could you help figure out the best way to do this?
Incidentally, would you ask Judy for her parents address & send them $100.00 for the dog.
Any luck on the credit cards? We could use them, made out in both our names. What’s the problem?
And if you’d send our check when you receive this… house bills are catching up. Please send $3,000.00.
Give our best to all. Later. Jim
SEE ALSO Last photos of Jim Morrison
What happened in Paris?
- Jim & I: Friends Until Death by Alain Ronay
- Interview with Gilles Yepremian by Alan Rourke (April 1994)
SEE ALSO Jim Morrison, Complete Paris Guide. eBook versions available in EN • ES • IT • FR or DE. By Rainer Moddemann.
Dear Max — it’s a beautiful spring in the ’City of Love’. Just returned from Spain, Morocco & Corsica — Napoleon’s birthplace. The women are great & the food is gorgeous. Say hi to all. Jim
When did Jim die?
July 3, 1971. He was 27 years old.
How did Jim die?
The information provided here presents a brief introduction into the mystery surrounding Jim Morrison’s death.
The coroner’s report indicates the cause of death as heart failure (natural death), “arrêt cardiaque (mort naturelle)”. The address on the death certificate is 17, rue Beautreillis where Jim was renting an apartment with Pamela Courson. Read Pamela’s official statement (in French) given to French authorities.
No autopsy was performed, therefore fueling speculation about how Jim really died to this day.
- According to Sam Bernett, manager of the of Rock’n’Roll Circus (now the Jane Club), Jim Morrison died from a massive heroin overdose in the toilet of the aforementioned nightclub (Daily Mail, 2007).
- Marianne Faithfull revealed recently in an interview that Jean de Breteuil, a friend of Jim and Pamela’s, admitted to her that he “provided the gear.” (Classic Rock Magazine, March 2011)
- Can You Find Me Soft Asylum: A definitive reference guide to Jim Morrison’s final days 2004 © Jerome L. Wallerstein
Before the morning of July 3, 1971, Alain Raisson, a French fireman, had never heard of the American singer and poet Jim Morrison. As Raisson describes it today, his encounter with the man that he found unconscious in a bathtub full of lukewarm water was “short, intense and very real.” Raisson and his team of five firemen tried to revive him, but failed, and within minutes of arriving at the light-filled apartment on 17 rue Beautreillis in the Marais district of Paris, it was Raisson who pronounced “Mr. James Morrison” dead. — Lizard King: R.I.P. (Maclean’s)
What happened the night Jim died?
After a call from Pam declaring “Jim’s unconscious and bleeding. Call an ambulance. You know I don’t speak French. Hurry up. I think he’s dying.”, Alain Ronay, Jim’s photographer friend, arrived at the scene accompanied by Agnès Varda. He recounts in Jim and I—Friends Until Death
Where is Jim buried?
When was Jim buried?
Jim was buried on July 7. In attendance were Pamela Courson, Doors manager Bill Siddons, Jim’s friends, Agnès Varda and Alain Ronay, and Jim’s secretary, Robin Wertle.
Sadly when Bill [Siddons] returned from Paris he told me that the entire situation was a mess. I had been told that in Paris the coroner didn’t pick up dead bodies during the weekends. Pam had to maintain a deathwatch over Jim, alone in their apartment, that entire weekend. My heart breaks for her when I recall this story. Pam was to eventually return from Paris but she was forever changed.
from The Making of Jim Morrison’s “An American Prayer” by John Haeny
Who inherited Jim’s estate?
Jim Morrison designated Pamela S. Courson as his inheritor in his Will and Testament, dated 12 February, 1969.
Will Jim’s remains be exhumed?
No. Not convinced? Keep reading.
- French authorities first tried to exhume the singer’s body and have his tomb removed to another site, but discovered it has been leased in perpetuity. (The Telegraph, 2008)
- NPR’s Scott Simon takes note of recent comments by the man who runs the cemetery in Paris where the late rock singer Jim Morrison of The Doors is buried. The caretaker wants the tomb moved because of the many troublesome fans who come to pay their respects. (NPR, 2004)
- “It is totally unfounded,” said Henri Beaulieu, assistant director with Paris’ Central Cemetery Service, quoted by the Associated Press. “Jim Morrison isn’t moving.” About 1.5 million people visit the cemetery every year to see the famous graves. (CNN, 2001)
Did Jim record any music while in Paris?
Update 1 May 2013
Short answer: no. Long answer: see the truth behind the Lost Paris Tapes by The Doors Guide.
Site Update: A 40-YEAR MYSTERY SOLVED! thedoorsguide.com/news.html#2013…
— The Doors Guide (@TheDoorsGuide) May 1, 2013
Where can I find more information on the Doors?
- The Doors Examiner by Jim Cherry
- The Doors Guide by Len Sousa
- Extensive collection of Doors’ items, www.doorsinfo.com
- When You’re Strange (2010) Documentary film by Tom DiCillo
- Feast of Friends (1970) Documentary film by Paul Ferrara, Frank Lisciandro and Babe Hill
- No One Here Gets Out Alive (1980) Biography by Jerry Hopkins and Danny Sugerman
- The Doors official