One of the greatest singers in Rock music, Jim Morrison was another musician that left us too soon at the age of 27 back in 1971.
Morrison joined Pamela Courson, his girlfriend in Paris in March 1971, at an apartment she had rented for him at 17-19, rue Beautreillis [fr] in Le Marais, 4th arrondissement, Paris. In letters, he described going for long walks through the city, alone.
During this time, he shaved his beard and lost some of the weight he had gained in the previous months. He died on July 3, 1971. He was found by Courson in a bathtub at his apartment. The official cause of death was listed as heart failure, although no autopsy was performed, as it was not required by French law.
His death came two years to the day after the death of Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones and approximately nine months after the deaths of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin — all of whom died at the age of 27.
Morrison co-founded the Doors during the summer of 1965 in Venice, California. The band spent two years in obscurity until shooting to prominence with their #1 single in the United States, “Light My Fire,” taken from their self-titled debut album. Morrison recorded a total of six studio albums with the Doors, all of which sold well and received critical acclaim.
The Doors recorded two more albums after Morrison died, his death severely affected the band’s fortunes, and they split up in 1973. In 1993, Jim Morrison, as a member of the Doors, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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