After Jim’s death, Pamela went back to Los Angeles and avoided all publicity, becoming isolated from the world. She become an heroin addict and allegedly began working as a prostitute in order to maintain her addiction. Pamela often told that she wanted to see Jim Morrison again, and on April 25, 1974, she got her wish. She died with an overdose of heroin in the apartment she shared with two friends.
Pamela’s parents tried to get her buried at Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, but the legal issues of transporting the body prevented that from happening. She was buried in Santa Ana, California, even though her death certificate lists Pére Lachaise Cemetery.
After her death, her parents inherited the remains of Jim Morrison’s fortune. Jim’s parents contested the legal union of the couple, but eventually the Coursons won the the case in court as it recognised that Pamela and Jim had a common-law marriage.