Jim Morrison’s lonely death in a Paris bathtub in 1971 is one of rock’s greatest obsessed-over mysteries. Multiple conspiracy theories abound, mostly surrounding the actual location of The Doors frontman’s fatal overdose, but someone close to the source – as it were – has emerged with new details about the Lizard King’s demise.
Singer/songwriter and famous ex of Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull, recently gave an interview to Mojo in which she confessed to apparent knowledge of the circumstances surrounding Morrison’s death.
Faithfull said that she was dating a heroin dealer named Jean de Breteuil at the time, and told the magazine, “I could intuitively feel trouble,” when de Breteuil told her he was going to visit Morrison. “I thought, I’ll take a few Tuinal [barbiturates] and I won’t be there.”
“And [de Breteuil] went to see Jim Morrison and killed him,” Faithfull continued. “I mean, I’m sure it was an accident.”
“The smack was too strong,” Faithfull added. “And he died. And I didn t know anything about this Everybody connected to the death of this poor guy is dead now. Except me.”
Faithfull has a new record, Give My Love to London, coming out in September. The record features collaborations with Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, Nick Cave and Steve Earle, among others. A book of photos from her life, Marianne Faithfull: A Life on Record, will follow in October.