Jim Morrison of the band, The Doors, is arguably the most famous resident of Pere Lachaise cemetery within the contemporary time. The talented man died at 27, at the peak of his career. “Live fast and die young” – MGMT’s lyrics was what I think of when I recall Jim Morrison’s early death. To die young at the peak of your career, then the world will forever miss you. To die old at the slump of your career, then the world will forget you (then maybe miss you). At least you get to taste your success for the first case. For the second case, you don’t. See the cases of : Frederic Chopin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Georges Bizet etc.
Pere Lachaise Cemetery. March 2011.