by Sofia Martinez

Jim Morrison was the lead singer of the band The Doors who originated in Los Angeles, California. They attracted the mood of American youth with their songs such as their first ever single “Break on Through”. Morrison died in his bathtub in Paris on July 3, 1971, at the age of 27. The official story is that his girlfriend Pamela found his body in the bathtub of their Paris apartment. A doctor was called and it was said that his cause of death was due to a heart attack caused by drugs and alcohol. Many people were not satisfied with this story especially Sam Bernett a man who claims that there is another story behind Morrison’s death. Sam Bernett managed a night club by the name of Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus and he has reasons to believe that the club was Morrison’s true place of death.

 Jim Morrison (left) and his girlfriend Pamela Courson (right)
Jim Morrison (left) and his girlfriend Pamela Courson (right)

This is Sam Bernett’s version of the story; Bernett states that Morrison was there to “score some heroin for Pamela”. He claims that the night of his death, Morrison came into the club seeming like he was there to meet someone. Two men walked in, suspected of being drug dealers, after Morrison conversed with them for a while he headed for the restroom to sample some of heroin by snorting it up his nose. Later, the body was discovered by Bernett with white foam around his mouth and blood around his nose. Bernett then goes on to say that the dealers wanted to make Morrison’s body disappear, but Bernett called the owner who made the decision to allow the dealers to take Morrison’s body back to his home. So the men rolled him in a blanket, carried him through the back stairs, took his body to the street, and put it into the backseat of the car. Then, two henchmen drove his body back to the apartment. They dumped his body in the bathtub, poured hot water to delay rigor mortis and disguise the time of death. Morrison’s death was, and still is, considered one of the greatest tragedies of rock ‘n’ roll. Could this story truly be the way Jim Morrison or did he truly die in the bath of a heart attack caused by drugs and alcohol?