Born on December 8, 1943, Jim Morrison died in Paris on July 3, 1971 at the age of 27. Jim was buried in Division 6 in Père Lachaise cemetery on July 7. In attendance at the burial were Jim’s girlfriend Pamela Courson, Doors manager Bill Siddons, Jim’s friends, Agnès Varda and Alain Ronay, and Jim’s secretary, Robin Wertle.
Fan tributes marked Jim’s grave for the first couple of years until a concrete grave curb was installed. It wasn’t until 1981 that Jim got a proper headstone on the 10th anniversary of his death. The headstone and bust were benevolently crafted and installed by the Croatian artist, Mladen Mikulin. The bust was stolen in March 1988.
In December 1990, the entire grave was renovated with a new grave curb and headstone. Mikulin’s headstone was destroyed.
The inscriptions on the headstones are Jim Morrison 1943–1971 and James Douglas Morrison, 1943–1971, Kata Ton Δaimona Eaytoy respectively.
As you can see in the photos, the grave, bust and the neighbouring graves were seriously defaced over time. One of the facing mausoleums was even dismantled. The graffiti was removed several times but kept coming back. In 2004, to combat the desecration, cemetery officials put up metal barricades around the site which drastically changed the vibe at Jim’s grave. For better or worse, I’ll let you decide.
The current trend is to attach love locks, friendship bracelets and stickers on the barricade.
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Père Lachaise cemetery, Division 6, 16 rue du Repos, Paris 20
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Harper's Books (@harpersbooks) October 30, 2013
July 3, 1981
For the 10th anniversary of Jim Morrison’s death, Doors’ members Ray Manzarek and John Densmore in Père Lachaise pay tribute (3m15s).
Kevin Cummins (@KCMANC) June 02, 2015
RIP Jim Morrison 03 Jul 1971. Here is my 30 Jun 1987 visit to his Grave I'm the one w/ white t shirt http://t.co/P2lHq9FO—
Larry (@LarryWawa) July 03, 2012
The bust was stolen in March 1988.
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July 3, 1991
A riot broke out on the 20th anniversary of Jim Morrison’s death.
In 1991, the 20th anniversary turned unruly and prompted police to disperse fans with tear gas. Five years ago, police closed the cemetery early to the disappointment of hundreds of attendees. — AP Archive
Daniel Rayner (@Muggerharris) April 19, 2015
Found this pic of a slimmed down me at Jim Morrison's grave in Paris in 1992. Doing my best U2 album cover pose... http://t.co/gwzlhLadhs—
Bryan Shortall (@frbryanshortall) June 20, 2014
ROGIER MAASKANT (@RogierMaaskant) July 10, 2014
Here's a photo I took of Ian Astbury of The Cult at Jim Morrison's graveside in Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise Paris http://t.co/yhk7odYs—
Kevin Cummins (@KCMANC) February 08, 2013
Claire Haigh (@clairehaighpics) November 26, 2015
July 3, 2001
On the 30th anniversary of Jim Morrison’s death, Doors’ keyboardist Ray Manzarek pays tribute to Jim Morrison in Père Lachaise cemetery.Embed from Getty Images
Guarding Jim Morrison’s grave is normally a job for one security guard but today, on the 30th anniversary of his death, it’s job for the Paris police as hundreds of mourning Morrison fans gathered to pay their respects to their Doors hero. — AP Archive
July 3, 2011
On the 40th anniversary of Jim Morrison’s death, Doors’ keyboardist Ray Manzarek and Doors’ guitarist Robby Krieger pay tribute at Jim Morrison’s grave.