The Last Known Photos of Jim Morrison, Taken Days Before His Death in Paris (June 1971)

Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, girlfriend Pamela Courson and UCLA film school alumni Alain Ronay took a day trip to Saint-Leu-d’Esserent in northeastern France on June 28, 1971. Photo by Alain Ronay.
Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, girlfriend Pamela Courson and UCLA film school alumni Alain Ronay took a day trip to Saint-Leu-d’Esserent in northeastern France on June 28, 1971. Photo by Alain Ronay.

It’s got to be one of my favorite ledes of all time: “The Doors legend Jim Morrison ‘faked his own death’ and is living as an aging homeless hippy in New York, according to a conspiracy theorist.”

This deadpan gem from wacky UK tabloid Express might convince the credulous, with its photo spread comparing white-bearded “Richard”—the aged, supposedly re-surfaced Morrison—with those of Morrison in his last years: bearded, bloated, and looking ten years older.

These are often the images we remember, but the photos in the video montage (set to some inexplicably un-Door-sy music that you might want to mute) show us a more youthful, clean-shaven, baby-faced, and much healthier lizard king, traveling through Paris with his girlfriend Pamela Courson and their friend Alain Ronay, who took the photos on June 28th, 1971.

Morrison was “clearly not in a good way,” writes Ultimate Classic Rock, “when he headed off for Paris,” but in these images, he appears fully ready to embark on a new career as a published poet instead of joining the “27 Club,” as he would just days later, when Courson awoke to find him dead in the bathtub of their Paris apartment on July 3rd.

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