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James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American rock musician and poet, best remembered as the lead singer for The Doors.
He was born on December 8, 1943 in Melbourne, Florida to Clara Virginia (Clarke) Morrison, and future Rear Admiral George Stephen Morrison. His ancestors were Scottish, Irish, and English. Morrison died on July 3, 1971 in Paris, France.
Morrison attended UCLA, and earned an undergraduate degree in film. He lived a Bohemian lifestyle after graduation, writing the poems that would be later to be set to music by The Doors. In 1965, The Doors was formed. Morrison excelled in psychedelic rock, hard rock, blues rock, rock and roll, poetry, and spoken word.
Morrison died on July 3, 1971 at age 27. He was found in a Paris apartment bathtub. There was no evidence of foul play so an autopsy was not performed. The cause of death is uncertain. Morrison was buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery.
Morrison was well known for his songwriting, voice, wild personality, and performances. He is regarded by critics and fans as one of the most iconic and influential performers in rock music history.
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