Jim Morrison's Doors Bandmates Honor Singer on 40th Anniversary of Death

The Doors in 1968: Drummer John Densmore, left, keyboard player Ray Manzarek, vocalist Jim Morrison and guitarist Robby Krieger
The Doors in 1968: Drummer John Densmore, left, keyboard player Ray Manzarek, vocalist Jim Morrison and guitarist Robby Krieger
 

Jim Morrison’s former Doors bandmates marked the 40th anniversary of the singer’s death in Paris on Sunday.

Ray Manzarek, the Doors’ keyboardist, and guitarist Robby Krieger, lit candles at Morrison’s grave at Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris, the Associated Press reported.

Morrison, who was known by the nickname “lizard king,” died July 2, 1971, at age 27 of heart failure in his bathtub in Paris. He was known for his partying lifestyle.

His grave remains a big draw for fans, who also paid tribute by leaving flowers over the weekend. Some wore black T-shirts featuring a white drawing of Morrison's face and the words "40th anniversary."

The Doors had several hits throughout the 1960s, including “Light My Fire,” “People Are Strange,” “Break on Through (To the Other Side).”

The group went on to release three albums after Morrison’s death and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

Val Kilmer portrayed the late singer in the 1991 film The Doors.

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