Did Marianne Faithfull's Ex-Boyfriend Kill Jim Morrison?
Singer says heroin dealer boyfriend gave The Doors’ frontman drugs that were ‘too strong’
Marianne Faithfull has shocked the music world by claiming her ex-boyfriend killed The Doors singer Jim Morrison.In a detailed interview with MOJO, the singer and actress claims her then-boyfriend Jean de Breiteuil, a heroin dealer, visited Morrison’s apartment and gave him drugs that were 'too strong,' which led to the singer's demise. She insists that the death was accidental.
Marianne Faithfull: 'I know who killed Jim Morrison' [Getty/Stephane. E. Arcetti]
Faithfull says the pair were travelling to Paris, where upon arrival, de Breiteuil told her he had to visit Morrison’s apartment. Claiming to have had ‘a strange sense of foreboding,’ the singer says she chose to stay at their hotel room, rather than accompany him to Morrison’s home.
“I could intuitively feel trouble,” Faithfull said. “I thought, I’ll take a few Tuinal [barbituates] 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. Poor bastard. The smack was too strong? Yeah. And he died. And I didn’t know anything about this. Anyway, now everybody connected to the death of this poor guy is dead now. Except me.”
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Jim Morrison [second from right] arriving in London with The Doors [Getty/Hulton Archive]
The singer’s claims come after she discussed pressure from journalists to talk about the incident. Speaking about the time one reporter asked her the question ‘why exactly did you kill Jim Morrison,’ Faithfull said: “I chose to take it very seriously, and tell him exactly what happened and why I didn’t kill Jim Morrison. But I know who did.”
Morrison was found dead in his Paris apartment on July 3, 1971, aged 27. A doctor’s report at the time stated the singer died of heart failure caused by heavy drinking. However, as no autopsy was ever performed on the singer’s body - due to the French medical examiner stating there was no evidence of foul play - the case has given rise to a number of conspiracy theories over the decades.
In the interview, Faithfull also discusses her 50-year-career, working with Nick Cave on her new album and how she was 'appalled' by the death of Amy Winehouse.
Marianne Faithfull's new album Give My Love To London is due out on September 29.