However, many fans do not believe that is what really happened. This disbelief in the official story stems from the fact that an autopsy was not performed due to the fact that the examiner did not suspect foul play.
Also, in the days following Morrison’s death, there was a media blackout concerning the event. Immediately after his death and during the media blackout, people began theorizing as to what they thought really happened to Jim Morrison.
What Happened the Night of Morrison’s Death?
The details of what actually happened on July 3, 1971, the night of Morrison’s death, are not exactly clear. What is known is that Pamela Courson, Morrison’s longtime girlfriend, found him dead in the bathtub of their Parisian apartment.
It seems that French medical examiners found no evidence of foul play and ruled Morrison’s death a result of natural causes.
According to the Morrison’s obituary, “Morrison had seen a doctor in Paris last Saturday about a respiratory problem and “complained of this problem on the day of his death.” (1)
The official stance was that 27-year-old Jim Morrison died of heart failure. This determination was made without the medical examiner performing an autopsy.
Morrison’s age, the lack of an autopsy, and the fact that his passing was not announced until four days after his death sparked a flurry of alternate theories about what “really” happened to The Doors front man.
One theory is that Morrison did not die July 3, 1971. Instead some fans believe that he faked his death. This theory was perpetuated by a 2009 interview conducted by ClassicBands.com with Gerald Pitts. Pitts claimsed:
“Jim, when he pulled this off, he took drugs to make himself look dead. He was in a coma and woke up six weeks later.” (2)
Pitts further claimed that Morrison was living on a ranch, raising horses and working as an actor with Pitts as his agent. However, that is not the only theory as to what happened to Jim Morrison.
Another theory is that Morrison did not die of natural causes, but rather supernatural causes. Believers of this theory contend that Morrison was murdered by Patricia Kennealy through the use of witchcraft.
Kennealy was the short-term wife of Morrison as well as a Witch Coven High Priestess. (3) The two were married in a Celtic itch hand-fasting ceremony where they were both cut and drank each other’s blood.
It was the nontraditional ceremony and Kennealy’s pagan beliefs that sparked the rumor that she used some sort of witchcraft to kill Morrison. The motive is often theorized that Keenealy killed Morrison because of his relationship with Courson. Kennealy contends that Courson is the actual Morrison murderer. (3)
An alternate theory about Morrison’s death was outlined in 2007’s The End: Jim Morrison. The French book, written by Sam Bernett, states that Morrison actually died in the bathroom stall of the Rock and Roll Circus nightclub.
Bernett claims that Morrison died in the stall of a heroin overdose. When his body was discovered, his corpse was transported back to his apartment and placed in the bathtub.
In an interview with Bernet, USA Today wrote, “Though Bernett says he wanted to call the paramedics and authorities, the club’s owner ordered him to keep quiet to avert a scandal.” (4)
Jim Morrison was an enigmatic figure in life as well as in death. There is the official story explaining his death. Then, there are a plethora of theories that outline what some conspiracy theorists believe is the truth about his death.
The only fact that we can truly be certain of is the fact that the mystery surrounding Jim Morrison’s death will not be solved any time soon.
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