James Douglas Morrison, Poet: Dead at 27

Jim Morrison in circa 1970. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty
Jim Morrison in circa 1970. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty

Jim Morrison, a man who sang, wrote and drank hard as lead singer of the Doors, has died—peacefully—at the age of 27. Morrison’s death, despite (and because of) strategic efforts on the part of his wife Pamela and friends, was shrouded in mystery.

He died in the early morning of Saturday, July 3rd, but it was July 9th, two days after he had been buried in a Paris cemetery, before his manager let word out to the American press.

Bill Siddons, the Doors’ manager, explained in a statement:

“The initial news of his death and funeral was kept quiet because those of us who knew him intimately and loved him as a person wanted to avoid all the notoriety and circus-like atmosphere that surrounded the deaths of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.”

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