Marianne Faithfull has revealed the possible answer to one of music's most enduring exit mysteries -- the death of The Doors lead singer Jim Morrison -- in an interview with Mojo magazine. She professed that she knew not only how the iconic singer actually died, she knew he had been killed. She even knew who the killer was...
People magazine reported Aug. 7 that Marianne Faithfull, famed singer/songwriter and former wife to the Rolling Stones' frontman Mick Jagger, has been holding on to a bit of secret knowledge concerning the last few hours of Jim Morrison's life. She told Mojo magazine that she knew intimate details regarding the circumstances of the Lizard King's death. And all of it centered around Morrison's partying ways and the so-called "heroin dealer to the stars" (per Agence France-Presse), Jean de Breteuil, who Faithfull happened to be dating at the time.
As many familiar with the story of Jim Morrison know, The Doors singer was found dead in his Paris apartment's bathtub in July 1971, apparently the victim of a drug overdose. However, no autopsy was performed on the body and Morrison was buried in a Parisian cemetery. So little was known about his death and burial, it became the foundation of myth and legend, spawning untold variations of Morrison's death and of his cheating death by faking his demise. Oddly adding to his legendary luster is his membership in "The 27 Club," the name given the group of musicians and singers that died at the age of 27, a group that includes Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Johnson, Rudy Lewis (The Drifters), Kurt Cobain, Brian Jones (Rolling Stones), Ron McKernan (Grateful Dead), Pete Ham (Badfinger), Jacob Miller (Inner Circle), and Amy Winehouse.
But Marianne Faithfull says she knows what happened and Jim Morrison was assuredly killed. By her boyfriend, no less.
She and Jean de Breteuil had been traveling and arrived in Paris. Her boyfriend insisted on visiting the "People Are Strange" singer, but Faithfull said she had felt something ominous.
"I could intuitively feel trouble," when her boyfriend told her he was going to visit Morrison. "I thought, I'll take a few Tuinal [barbiturates] and I won't be there."
So she wasn't. But: "And [de Breteuil] went to see Jim Morrison and killed him," Faithfull told Mojo. "I mean, I'm sure it was an accident."
She went on, according to Rolling Stone: "The smack was too strong. And he died. And I didn’t know anything about this … Everybody connected to the death of this poor guy is dead now. Except me."
And so ended the life of one of rock's most charismatic personalities, or so says Faithfull. But Jim Morrison left a legacy of sex, drugs, and rock and roll that echoed down the years and made him even larger than the "Orgasmic King of Rock" (his self-proclaimed title) than the living legend he had become. Recording six albums with The Doors, he and the band had released L. A. Woman just three months prior to his death. The album would produce two Top 15 hits, "Love Her Madly" and "Riders On The Storm." The latter would be the last hit song Morrison would provide lead vocals for, but the legacy of The Doors would go on and the band would be responsible for selling over 100 million albums worldwide.
The story could very well be true and put to rest all the speculation that has provided conspiracy theorists and true believers in the immortal Lizard King their foundation. But, even if true, those same individuals will likely point at Faithfull's confession as a blatant publicity stunt to get her name in headlines prior to the release of her latest album, Give My Love To London, which is set for a September release. The album will feature appearances by Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Nick Cave, and Steve Earle. The album is to be followed by a book of photos from her life and career in October. It's title: Marianne Faithfull: A Life on Record.