Sunday, June 9, 2019

Jim Morrison's Last Known Photos in Paris on June 28, 1971

On June 28, 1971, Jim Morrison, along with with girlfriend Pamela Courson, as well as their
photographer friend, Alain Ronay, took a day trip to Saint-Leu-d’Esserent, north of Paris,
for a day of relaxation. Less than a week later on July 3, 1971, at the age 27, the self-
proclaimed "Lizard King" would be dead. These are the last known photos of Jim Morrison...

In March of 1971, Jim Morrison was a man in crisis. When he arrived in Paris he had hoped
it would begin a period of renewel. He was over-weight, his beard had grown into an
unmanageable state and his drinking and drug use were out of control. The latter had
affected the Door's creative output since the late 1960s and added was the strain of a
six-month prison sentence looming over his head in Florida. His appeal on charges of
exposing himself on stage at a concert in Miami was pending after a long and taxing 40-day
trial the previous fall.

Morrison thought Paris would rejuvenate him. He thought he would be able to re-kindle the
poet that he was. What he was not counting on was the dire effect on his life the inclusion
of long-time partner Pamela Courson, a heroin addict said to be staying with Jean de
Breteuil, a noted drug dealer to the stars. Morrison would sood descend into a drug-addled
state - one that would ultimately claim his life.

During the daytime Morrison availed himself of all that Paris had to offer.  Basking in the
atmosphere of the city of Molière, Rimbaud, Balzac and the Marquis de Sade, his literary
heroes since he was a teenager, Morrison began writing again. Yet despite his enthusiasm
and his largely anodyne daytime routine, the city wasn’t working for Morrison and he needed
to get away. He was still highly dependent on drink and drugs, all too readily available in
Paris, and he began suffering from respiratory problems.

He and Courson travelled to Toulouse, as well as to Andorra, Spain and Morocco. In May they
visited Marseille and Corsica with two Parisian friends. But little had changed on their
return. Both were still firmly ensconced in a downward spiral. They went on to London and
their drug-fueled antics continued unabated. Everywhere they went, their lifestyle followed
them, with terrible consequences.

On July 2, 1971, Morrison's last day, he again spent the day with Alain Ronay out and about
in Paris.That evening he and Courson went to see the Robert Mitchum film Pursued. Courson
would tell police that on that evening she was awoken by Morrison's laboured breathing, but
was dismissed back to bed while he had a bath. In the morning she found him dead in the
bathtub. The official cause was listed as heart failure. No post-mortem examination was
performed.



Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson in Saint-Leu-d’Esserent, June 1971.



Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson in Saint-Leu-d’Esserent, June 1971. 



Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson at the Hôtel de l’Oise in Saint-Leu-d’Esserent, June 1971. 



Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson at the Hôtel de l’Oise in Saint-Leu-d’Esserent, June 1971.



Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson at the Hôtel de l’Oise in Saint-Leu-d’Esserent, June 1971.



Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson at the Hôtel de l’Oise in Saint-Leu-d’Esserent, June 1971.



Jim Morrison in Saint-Leu-d’Esserent, June 1971. 




Jim Morrison in Saint-Leu-d’Esserent, June 1971. 



Jim Morrison and Alain Ronay in Saint-Leu-d’Esserent, June 1971.



Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson in Saint-Leu-d’Esserent, June 1971.



Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson in Saint-Leu-d’Esserent, June 1971.



Alain Ronay, Pamela Courson and Jim Morrison in Saint-Leu-d’Esserent, June 1971.



Alain Ronay, Pamela Courson and Jim Morrison in Saint-Leu-d’Esserent, June 1971. 



Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson in Saint-Leu-d’Esserent, June 1971.



Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson in Saint-Leu-d’Esserent, June 1971.



Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson in Saint-Leu-d’Esserent, June 1971.




Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson in Saint-Leu-d’Esserent, June 1971.



(Photos by Alain Ronay via ParisMojo.fr)



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