Jim Morrison, 25, Lead Singer With Doors Rock Group, Dies

by The New York Times
Credit...The New York Times Archives
Credit...The New York Times Archives

LOS ANGELES, July, 8 (UPI) — Jim Morrison, the 25‐year‐old lead singer of “The Doors” rock group, died last Saturday, in Paris, his public relations firm said today. His death was attributed to natural causes, but details were withheld pending the return of Mr. Morrison's agent from France.

Funeral services were held in Paris today.

Superstar as Poet

In his black leather jacket and skin‐tight vinyl pants, Jim Morrison personified rock music's image of the superstar as sullen, mystical sexual poet.

“The Doors,” a quartet founded in 1964 in and near the film school at the University of California at Los Angeles, became by 1967 one of the most popular groups in the country, attracting the attention of serious critics who discussed their music's origins and meanings, as well as screaming, hysterical teenagers, who sometimes had to be peeled off the performers by stage hands at the group's frenzied concerts.


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