Marianne Faithfull: My Boyfriend Killed Doors' Jim Morrison

She says he supplied him with heroin that was too strong

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 7, 2014 8:12 AM CDT

(Newser) – The death of Doors frontman Jim Morrison at the age of 27 back in 1971 still has all kinds of conspiracy theories and weirdness connected to it, thanks to the lack of an autopsy. Doctors cited heart failure, and now former girlfriend Marianne Faithfull tells British music site Mojo that she knows exactly what happened: It was a heroin OD caused by her boyfriend at the time, a dealer named Jean de Breteuil. Faithfull says Breteuil went to visit Morrison at his Paris apartment, but she stayed behind:

  • "I could intuitively feel trouble," she recalls. "I thought, I'll take a few Tuinal and I won't be there. And he went to see Jim Morrison and killed him. I mean I'm sure it was an accident. ... The smack was too strong? Yeah. And he died."

Of course, it's not the first time Morrison's death has been linked to heroin or even to heroin supplied by Breteuil, notes the Washington Post. But this seems to be the most definitive account offered by Faithfull. As she herself notes, "Everybody connected to the death of this poor guy is dead now. Except me." (A nightclub manager says Morrison OD'd in his bar, then got moved back to his apartment, but Faithfull isn't backing that up.)

Marianne Faithfull in 1967, along with Mick Jagger.
Marianne Faithfull in 1967, along with Mick Jagger.   (AP Photo)
In this undated publicity file photo, members of the Doors, from left,  John Densmore, Robbie Krieger, Ray Manzarek, and Jim Morrison.
In this undated publicity file photo, members of the Doors, from left, John Densmore, Robbie Krieger, Ray Manzarek, and Jim Morrison.   (AP Photo, File)
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