Tattle | Is Jim Morrison's legendary death down the toilet?

Posted: July 12, 2007

IN ONE OF the best-known deaths in the history of rock, Doors frontman Jim Morrison died of heart failure in his bathtub.

Well, maybe not.

Sam Bernett, a former Paris nightclub manager, has written a new French-language book that says Morrison died in a toilet stall of his club after what he believes was a heroin overdose.

In "The End: Jim Morrison," Bernett says he believes two drug dealers brought Morrison's body back to his apartment.

Pestered for years by reporters investigating Morrison's death, Bernett kept quiet until his wife suggested writing a book last year.

"For me it's a very bad [memory]," he told the Associated Press.

Don't expect Paris prosecutors to reopen the case due to the statute of limitations.

And, really, does it matter?

Stephen Davis, author of "Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend," says he won't rewrite his book due to the new book. Based on his reporting, he believes that Morrison did overdose at the club but that it was before his death - not the same night - and that he survived the experience.

"It just seems likely that if he died in the toilet of a nightclub, it would have come out before now," Davis said. Morrison was buried in Pere Lachaise cemetery, on July 7, 1971. There was no autopsy.

Tattbits

* Best wishes to comic legend Phyllis Diller, who had to cancel a "Tonight Show" spot celebrating her 90th birthday because she fractured her back.

She "twisted the wrong way" and caused "a minor injury, some kind of a fracture, which is extremely painful," her manager, Milt Suchin, said yesterday.

Isn't it great to be 90 and still have a manager?

"The doctors say to rest and let it heal. . . . She's in great spirits," Suchin said.

The injury also forced Diller to cancel an appearance this week before the Television Critics Association (see Ellen Gray's blog at blogs.

phillynews.com/dailynews/ellengray/).

"It's very disappointing," Suchin said. "She was going to do a standup bit but she really can't stand up properly.

"She's a trouper," Suchin said. "She's a phoenix, she rises. She's gone through a lot worse."

* John Cleese, one of the founders of Monty Python, is reportedly selling his 16-acre Santa Barbara horse ranch, called Stalloreggi, or "King's Stables."

The Los Angeles Times reports that the property has a 16,000-square-foot barn, Mediterranean-style 3BR 4BTH main home, a view of the Santa Ynez Mountains and a swimming pool.

It's yours for $28 million.

Cleese and his wife, Alice Faye, keep horses and also a menagerie of animals, including llamas, alpacas, an emu, chinchillas and nearly a dozen cats.

But now that they're empty-nesters, they plan to move the whole zoo into a 2BR condo.

* A friend of Tattle once found out his wife was leaving him when he got a call from her movers. Good thing he wasn't a pseudo-celebrity in the Internet age or he might have read about it on TMZ.com.

When TMZ.com contacted "Extreme Makeover" celebrity dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman Tuesday to ask for comment that Jennifer Murphy, his former "Apprentice" wife of less than one year, was splitting, Dorfman said, "Your source is wrong! My wife did not file for divorce."

Unfortunately, TMZ.com had the papers.

How would you like to be getting a root canal after your dentist got that call?

* Tuesday we mentioned Jessica Alba wants to see more male members in women's magazines.

We're not sure how she'll feel about a gander at the unit of Aaron Eckhart, co-starring with Jessica in the upcoming "Bill."

Eckhart tells Men's Journal that he puts props on his privates to help his acting.

"I had to pretend that my nuts hurt, so I put a clothespin on my nuts," he said. "Otherwise, you're just learning your lines and saying them. There's no art in that. People say, 'Why do you want to put a clothespin on your nuts?' You know why? Because that's what I do for a living."

* Are you "Free to Be Famous"?

Tomorrow, CW Philly 57 will host an open audition for viewers (ages 18 or over) to audition for a chance to appear in CW Philly promotional spots.

The casting call is from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the new CW Philly Studios at 1555 Hamilton St. (entrance on 16th Street between Callowhill and Spring Garden).

Here's the tough part. Candidates need to talk about their favorite shows on The CW Philly. Hey, make it up.

Applications at cwphilly.com.

* The Star reports that Carmen Electra and Joan Jett have split after what has already been a 9-month relationship no one seemed to know about.

"Joan wants more than Carmen wants to give" says an anonymous close friend, who hopes the pair can work it out, because "they are truly in love."

* Given all her addictions, the Star is already concerned (and when we say "concerned" we mean "salivating") about Nicole Richie's baby.

Psychiatrist Aldo Morales M.D. tells the Star, "It's going to be an uphill battle. The odds are not in her favor. . . . She's dealing with multiple addictions plus an eating disorder."

And she weighs less than a fetus.

As the Star previously reported, Nicole consumed 50 pills a day, including Vicodin and Soma, for over four years.

But probably at least one of those was a multi-vitamin. *

Daily News wire services and Baird Jones contributed to this report.

Send e-mail to gensleh@phillynews.com

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