After finishing recording of what would be the The Doors final album Jim Morrison had become tired of Los Angeles and decided Paris was the place to get away to. He arrived there March 11th of 1971.
On June 28th Jim Morrison and his girlfriend Pamel Courson, accompanied by Alain Ronay, made a trip to Chantilly on the Oise, north of Paris. The photo above was taken by Ronay in a small village called Saint-Leud’Esserent in front of the Hôtel de l’Oise and is one of several to be taken but thought to be the last known photo of Jim Morrison.
After the trip Morrison and Courson returned to Paris. Jim seemed depressed and had started drinking again and was plagued with coughing fits due to asthma.
On July 2nd, 1971, four days after the photo above was taken, Morrison and Courson went to a movie then returned home around 1 a.m. when Morrison decided to watch some home movies and listen to older doors albums before going to bed. According to Pamela he woke up in the night several times to vomit what was apparently blood and blood clots but would not call a doctor and instead decided to take a bath.
Pamela later woke up to find the bathroom locked, called friends fearing the worst and when they arrived they broke the door down to find Jim Morrison lying in the bathtub with a slight smile on his face, dead. Estimated time of death was 5 a.m. July 3rd.
Because no autopsy was performed there is debate as to whether Jim died from a Heroin overdose, mixing asthma and alcohol or from blood clots resulting from a previous injury.
For a more detailed account of Jim Morrison’s last days in paris see Jim Morrison’s Quiet Days In Paris