Saturday, April 14, 2007

Dead Addict Of The Day

Today's dead addict is our first female of the series, Pamela Courson, who also often went by the name Pamela Morrison.

Pamela Courson Morrison was the common law wife of Jim Morrison. Here's some information about her:

A self-proclaimed creation of Jim Morrison, Courson was a complex and compelling woman who lived several roles in her relationship with the Doors lead singer: groupie, muse, and wife, to name a few. Pam and Jim's relationship was relatively private and long term for a rock couple then and maybe for any couple anymore. The two were essentially beautiful booze- and drug-addled twentysomethings with money to burn, and their fatal flaw was not so much being at odds with the material world as it was never having been forced to confront it without help from agents, roadies, groupies, or sycophants.

The Doors' keyboardist and co- founder (with Jim), Ray Manzarek, claims that Pamela and Jim will "go down in history as great lovers,'' and that their tale recalls Romeo and Juliet, Heloise and Abelard. Perhaps one could argue that a more fitting, albeit less flattering, comparison might be Sid (Vicious) and Nancy (Spungeon).

I'm a sucker for the idea of a great romance, and they seem to have had one. She inherited Morrison's fortune after he died, but she never saw much of the money because of lawsuits against the estate. She died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27.

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