A music icon died 50 years ago.
Fifty years after the death of the charismatic “The Doors” singer Jim Morrison, his grave is still one of the most visited in the famous Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris.
Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison belong to “Club 27.”
The stream of pilgrims and mourning tourists is said to have subsided, it is said shortly before the day of death, on July 3. During a visit to the German Press Agency, one of the cemetery guards said the rush had decreased – but with it the frequently uncivilized behavior of guests.
Morrison belongs to the macabre “Club 27” – consisting of several prominent drug deaths from pop music, all of whom were only 27 years old, including Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. The Doors frontman died on July 3, 1971, in Paris and was buried there soon afterward.
The tragic “Club 27” Elvis Presley’s grandson is the newest member.
For a long time, Morrison fans have met at his grave in Paris – and they left ugly traces: empty whiskey bottles and butts of joints, the tombstone smeared with graffiti, and in 1988 even his bust disappeared. The final resting place of the cult figure was renovated in 1990, and safety barriers were finally installed in 2004.
It has become quieter around the grave, said Gaetan, who was last at the cemetery about seven years ago. Back then, people would have kneeled in front of the cordon and muttered the songwriter’s lyrics to themselves like prayers. Shortly before his death, the Belgian was with his girlfriend as a tourist in the French capital. The visits to Pere Lachaise, where numerous celebrities such as Frederic Chopin, Edith Piaf, and Oscar Wilde are buried, are part of its cultural program.
Shortly before the day Morrison died 50 years ago, quite a few visitors were journalists – but most of them are still tourists. Up to before the Corona crisis, up to three million visitors are said to have come to the 44-hectare park cemetery every year – many with the fairly small grave of the rock icon as their destination.