Marianne Faithfull’s name has become synonymous with rock ‘n roll scandals, so maybe that’s why she kept a scathing piece of information to herself for more than four decades. On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that the 1960’s icon revealed that she knows exactly who caused the death of rock legend Jim Morrison.
The Doors front man was famously found dead in a bathroom on July 3, 1971 in Paris, and for decades fans have theorized on how he died—and if he really died. No autopsy was ever performed on the 27-year-old singer, according the Post, and he was deemed to have died from heart failure due to his history of heavy drinking.
But now, Faithful tells Mojo magazine that her then-boyfriend, a heroin dealer named Jean de Breiteuil, accidentally killed Morrison with a lethal dose of heroin. While Faithfull says she skipped the trip to see The Lizard King that day because “I could intuitively feel trouble,” she added that her beau “went to see Jim Morrison and killed him. I mean I’m sure it was an accident. Poor bastard. The smack was too strong? Yeah. And he died. “
Faithfull previously wrote about Jean de Breiteuil in her autobiography, describing him as a “horrible guy.” But she said he came with a lot of dope and considered himself “the dealer to the stars.” Breiteuil died of a drug overdose in Morocco, in 1971.
The "As Tears Go By" singer's theory on Morrison’s sudden death contradicts one put forth by a club manager, Sam Bernett, who once claimed Morrison died in a bathroom at his club and was then carried back to his apartment. But Faithfull stands by her story about the circumstances surrounding Morrison’s death: “Everybody connected to the death of this poor guy is dead now. Except me,” she told Mojo.
Faithfull is known for her own battle with drug addiction. In 1967 she involved in the notorious police raid at Keith Richard’s home in England, and within years she spiraled into heroin addiction and was eventually homeless. She beat her drug addiction for good in the 1970s.
But Faithfull was one of the lucky ones. Morrison, like many other rock stars, will forever be known as a member of the “27 Club,” a name given to musicians who died suddenly at the young age of 27.
In 1997, when Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain committed suicide at the age of 27, his mother Wendy O'Connor famously told the Associated Press, “Now he’s gone and joined that stupid club..... I told him not to join that stupid club."
The exclusive "club” also includes Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones (1969), legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix (1970), Janis Joplin (1970), and more recently, Amy Winehouse (2011). Jim Morrison’s girlfriend Pamela Courson, who was reportedly with him when he died, also died in 1974 at age 27.