THE Doors legend Jim Morrison 'faked his own death' and is living as an ageing homeless hippy in New York, according to a conspiracy theorist.
The cameraman has posted seven encounters with the man, who insists his name is Richard, he claims could be "The Lizard King" in hiding on Youtube.
During the short clips which the "Jim Morrison" recites poetry, like the infamous The Doors frontman used to, even sings, and does his trademark dance with arms out wide.
Morrison died on July 3 1971 at the age of just 27.
The wild man of rock, who would be 71 if he were still alive, was found in the bath of an apartment in Le Marais, Paris, France, and was said to have died of heart failure due to his drink and drug fuelled years in the limelight as one of America's biggest bands.
But conspiracy theorists have long claimed, like many other celebrities whose lives were cut short, that he faked his own death and has been sighted since anywhere from the Bahamas to Paris and Oregon in the US.
A YouTube filmmaker, who calls himself Brokkenstar, has been keeping the conspiracy alive since 2009, when he begun filming the boozing and smoking doppleganger of an older Jim Morrison, who he said claims to have no idea who the dead rocker was.
Seven videos filmed from 2009 to last year allegedly chart a friendship between the filmmaker and the man who he now refers to as Jim.
Brokkenstar's first video shows "Morrison" sitting on a fire escape outside flats in The Big Apple in June 2009.
Richard mimics Jim Morrison's famous dance
Jim Morrison larks for the camera shortly before his death and the man does the same last year
In the clip the cameraman acts as if he has just met him, but in postings accompanying the videos he says he has known the man 30 years, and he could be JIm Morrison living in hiding.
The man, who Brokkenstar claims will neither confirm nor deny he is Morrison, has wavy long hair and is bearded as the singer became in his latter years.
In later videos the man appears to act more Jim Morrison-like by speaking poetry and seeming wasted.
Brokkenstar posted on a compilation he made of the videos: "I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor.
"It is compilation of sightings of a man who might be Jim Morrison of the Doors, and the story behind these videos.
"For many this is proof that Jim Morrison may not be dead."
Thoughtful: Richard (left) and Jim Morrison
Not only that, you can't hide the voice, despite Jim sounding older, only he could write a poem like that.
—the Doors fan Josh Hicks
Responses to the videos have been mixed from viewers.
Josh Hicks said: "That last poem flowed really well like a Doors song.
"Not only that, you can't hide the voice, despite Jim sounding older, only he could write a poem like that."
Erin Fowler said: "I hear his voice too."
Maria said: "I would like to say thanks to you Brokkenstar for doing these videos, they give me so much hope that he is still alive."
Others said they believed Jim Morrison was still alive, but that this was not him.
Professor Chaos said: "That is not Jim, just some old wannabe."
Tam said: "You have to be kidding.
"Of course he would be older, but he has no features of Jim at all."
Richard does not look like a computer CGI image of how experts believed he would age
Larry Carpenter added: "It doesn't matter if it is Jim or not. It is wonderful that it creates mystery. I don't think Jim would have a problem with it."
Two years ago in an interview, John Densmore, the former drummer with The Doors, quashed any talk of the conspiracy theory.
He said the start of the rumour was because the casket had been closed when anyone saw him after his death.
He said: "Jim was crazy, and would be more capable than anyone I have ever known for faking his own death."
But he added: "But I watched him turn into an alcoholic. I am sorry… he's dead."
Alive our dead, Morrison remains in the news still today.
Yesterday, it emerged that a Florida politician’s proposal to move his famous grave from the 210-year-old Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris to Florida’s Space Coast had received the thumbs down from representatives of his estate, the cemetery and fans.
Earlier this month Maurizio Gasparri, the gaffe-prone vice-president of the Italian Senate, was criticised for being taken in by hoaxers who used an ironic 1970 US police mugshot of The Doors frontman to depict a Slavic criminal terrorising Italy today.