Jim Morrison … Drugs were ‘too strong’ for him. Photograph: Yale Joel/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image
Marianne Faithfull has said her then boyfriend was responsible for the death of Jim Morrison in July 1971. In an interview with Mojo she claimed Jean de Breteuil, a heroin dealer, gave the Doors singer drugs that killed him.
“He went to see Jim Morrison and killed him,” Faithfull told Mojo. “I mean I’m sure it was an accident. Poor bastard. The smack was too strong? Yeah. And he died. And I didn’t know anything about this. Anyway, everybody connected to the death of this poor guy is dead now. Except me.”
Faithfull could have joined De Breteuil on his visit to Morrison, but chose not to. “I could intuitively feel trouble,” she said. “I thought, I’ll take a few Tuinal [barbiturates] and I won’t be there.”
Faithfull also discussed Amy Winehouse, who – like Morrison – died at the age of 27. She said Winehouse did not like her, because she knew about the younger singer’s drug abuse. “Amy was very, very wary of me. She knew that I knew and she didn’t want me to say anything. There’s a level of narcissism which is all mixed up with self-hatred. I know it well. It’s like a glass wall between you and the world, so that all the love that everybody pours on to you, you don’t feel it. But I can’t think what I could have done apart from take her and shake her! ‘You stupid little cunt! Wake up!’”