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Try not to cry over the last known photos of Jim Morrison, taken in France in 1971

The Doors are synonymous with classic rock and roll, the eponymous debut release still being lauded as a major stepping stone for the genre 50 years after its release. Yet in their scene, the only entity that was more famous the The Doors was their lead singer Jim Morrison.

Four years after The Doors hit shelves and smashed charts, Morrison passed away at age 27. If anything, it cemented himself and the band as legends beyond any normal definition.

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Photos by Alain Ronay

In 1971 Jim Morrison went to Saint-Leu-d’Esserent with two friends, in what would become his last photographed experience on earth.

Jim Morrison died on July 3, 1971 at age 27. The official cause of death on his death certificate was “heart failure.” No autopsy was performed.

Here are the last known photographs of the lizard king taken on June 28, 1971 during a day trip to Saint-Leu-d’Esserent. Morrison is joined by Pamela Courson, and their friend, Alain Ronay.

One might assume that Morrison was fat, bearded and bloated due to drugs and alcohol abuse at this point, but he looks trim, clean-shaven and relatively healthy here for a man about to expire. Long live the lizard king.

Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison