If you believe Jim Morrison faked his death in Paris there’s plenty of evidence to support the theory. Morrison himself told people that, if he disappeared and started a new life, if he needed to contact the office he’d use the name Mr. Mojo Risin’ when he called in. The Morrison biography “No One Here Gets Out Alive” floated the theory that if anyone could disappear it would be Jim Morrison. For years Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek hinted that Morrison could still be alive and even wrote the novel “The Poet in Exile” about a legendary rock singer slipping away to the Seychelles Islands. Every once in a while competing stories about ‘Jim Morrisons’ being alive come to light. The newest is that Jim Morrison is alive and not so well in a Paris assisted living facility and suffering from dementia and kidney and liver failure.
The story comes via the Nevada County Scooper. A reporter named Shady Groves claims the news organization Reuters’ reporter, Belda Suave, who has been tracking Morrison for 45 years, has discovered Morrison living in the Petites Soeurs des Pauvres (Little Sisters of the Poor) nursing home in Paris under the name Jacques Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Lautrec told people he was the grandson of the French impressionist painter Toulouse-Lautrec, but to one nurse, who was familiar with “No One Here Gets Out Alive,” things didn’t add up, as the patient talked of rock concerts, orgies, and drug and alcohol abuse. To the nurse Mr. Toulouse-Lautrec’s stories corresponded more closely to Jim Morrison’s life. The nurse called Ms. Suave who then interviewed Mr. Toulouse-Lautrec and they talked of all the things one would expect Jim Morrison to talk about: art, poetry, music, the Louvre, politics, and existentialism. When Pam Courson’s name came up Mr. Toulouse-Lautrec went silent for four hours before releasing a torrent of speaking in tongues crafted from Doors lyrics. Then Ms. Suave secured proof that she had talked with Jim Morrison. She “plucked a few hairs from his drenched mane…” took them to a DNA lab, and then contacted Doors producer Paul Rothchild who had some of Morrison’s hairbrushes and the DNA test came up a 99.999% positive match. I guess no one has told Ms. Suave or Shady Groves that Paul Rothchild died in 1995. The article also carries a very generic picture of a nursing home room with a pretty obviously photo-shopped man on crutches with his back to the camera.
This story comes pretty close to April 1, April Fools Day, from a reporter named ‘Shady Groves’, which certainly seems to be a fictitious name. The internet has run obituaries of celebrities who haven’t died, so maybe we’re seeing a new brand of internet hoax, the celebrity-is-alive story. This story would be humorous if it weren’t so sad; sad in that it disturbs the truth of Jim Morrison’s life and death and gives it an unnecessary layer that takes people away from the real Jim Morrison. You can read the article at “Jim Morrison Found Alive in Paris Assisted Living Facility” and judge it and the picture for yourself.
Thanks to The Beatles Examiner Steve Marinucci for the tip on this story.
Originally published March 18, 2016.