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Last Known Photos Of Jim Morrison Make Him All The More Enigmatic

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Few figures in music history fit the definition of “enigma” the way The Doors’ frontman Jim Morrison does. If there’s one thing we know for sure about the rock legend, it’s this – nearly five decades after his death, a cloud of mystery still surrounds the late singer, and the last known photos of him only add to the enigma.

Larger Than Life

On July 3, 1971, Jim Morrison died, joining the so-called mystical Club 27 – a group of legendary actors and musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Marilyn Monroe, and others who died at the young age of 27. He went out more legend than man, but recently-unearthed pictures from a week before his death provide a different look at the iconic singer.

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A Wild Life

Jim Morrison could have put Axl Rose and other party animals alike to shame with his antics. After The Doors became famous, he was dropping acid almost daily and drinking alcohol constantly. Like many other artists, drugs, especially psychedelics, were a doorway to more vivid dimensions for Morrison, and the effect was seen in his art. “Drugs are a bet with your mind,” he famously said.

This wild lifestyle is precisely what makes the last photos of him so surprising.

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A French Excursion

On June 28, 1971, less than a week before his death, Morrison went on a trip to Saint-Leu-d’Esserent, north of Paris, with his girlfriend Pamela Courson and their photographer friend Alan Ronay. As you can see from the picture above, rather than a bearded, bloated, out-of-control rock star, Morrison looks something closer to a diligent college student.

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Conspiracy Theories

This is certainly not the typical look of someone in severely deteriorating health. Add the somewhat vague “heart failure” determined as the cause of death by the French authorities (without performing an autopsy) and conspiracy theories are bound to arise. Courson “stated that Morrison had died of an accidental heroin overdose, having snorted what he believed to be cocaine,” according to The Vintage News. Ronay later mentions Courson nodded off instead of getting help for her boyfriend.

Whatever the case, we can’t talk about Morrison’s death without mentioning his poetry, especially the ending of one of his last poems found in Paris.

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Last Words

In his last interview with Rolling Stone, Morrison revealed he’d been working on a screenplay. During his time in Paris, he made various recordings of his poetry with different musicians. Such activity isn’t the typical harbinger of a downward slope. However, in 2015, a handwritten poem found in Paris went up for auction whose final words read: “Last words, Last words out.”

Perhaps this aura of tranquility Morrison exudes in these last pictures comes from his desire to say goodbye to the world at peace. Only he could say for sure.

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