Anything and everything has been written about the tragic end of the Doors’ leader. But what really happened on July 3rd, 1971, no one has ever told. This is because Alain Ronay, Jim’s photographer friend who was the first to find the rock star in his apartment where he lay in the bathtub without breathing, had always kept quiet. Now, to defend Morrison’s memory, Ronay speaks out. He tells all the details of that day, from the strange behavior of Pamela, Jim’s girlfriend, to the doctors’ incompetence, to the superficiality of the police in trying to hide the news of his death. He also remembers the happy days spent with Jim in Paris, the anguish of the singer poet, his desire to detoxify from alcohol and keep himself away from heroin.
A Frenchman and naturalized American, Alain met Jim in California in 1964. Since then they became close friends.
Written by Dignan
Friday, July 2, 1971: Jim and I were taking a walk in the Marais Quarter in Paris. The historic district served ony as a backdrop for our discussions which ranged from the Yoga teacher’s visit (Jim had asked me to be an interpreter for them – the topic of their discussion: man as a tightrope walker heading towards death) to analyzing Nietzche’s opinions on suicide. Jim was obsessed by death.