The Doors Disagreed Over Jim Morrison Faked-Death Rumor

by Martin Kielty
Hulton Archive, Getty Images
Hulton Archive, Getty Images

The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger recalled how rumors that Jim Morrison didn't die in 1971 caused arguments among the rest of the band.

The singer died in Paris at age 27, but rumors still persist that he had staged a fake death in order to escape the pressures of his life. While the story is generally dismissed, Krieger said he and keyboardist Ray Manzarek held opposing views.

“I used to love talking to Ray, and he would always say, ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if Jim turned up,’” the guitarist told Classic Rock. “And I used to think, ‘Come on, man, you don’t really believe that, do you?’ That was pretty much bullshit.” Krieger added that Manzarek’s claims upset drummer John Densmore. “I think [that] really got him and John in a bad ... John was really just [upset] about that.”


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