Felix Venable
Jim Morrison Death Reports

FELIX VENABLE (1931-1970)

Image circa. 1950 - © The Long Beach Independent
Felix Venable  Name: Felix Strickland Venable
 Date of Birth: October 18th, 1931
 Place of Birth: Unknown, Oklahoma

 Date of Death: November 14th, 1970
 Place of Death: Los Angeles, California
 Cause of Death: Pancreatic Cancer

 Education History:
 Long Beach City College - Unknown-1950-Unknown
 U.C., Berkeley - Unknown
 U.C., Los Angeles - Unknown-1964-1965-Unknown

"I remember Felix telling stories about his years of living in Berkeley, attending U.C. Berkeley and then driving a bus for a living. Felix was an undergraduate transfer into UCLA. A great storyteller. Also a consummate bullshitter. Two personality traits that worked well together in Felix. He has been mythologized as Mephistopheles to Jim's Faust. Maybe so, but life is always more complicated than a literary analogy. There was a third running buddy in those UCLA film school and (drug fueled) post-UCLA film school adventures - Phil O'leno. Phil's still alive, somewhere in Northern California. Felix had applied to, and been accepted into the UCLA Film School Graduate Program, beginning in the fall of 1970, when he died of stomach cancer on November 14th, 1970."

By David Thompson, UCLA Film School Graduate & Hollywood Bowl Cameraman

A Special Thanks to David for providing his commentary to!

     < Click Here to read an early newspaper mention of Felix!


Newspaper: The Tucson Daily Citizen
Author: Unknown
Publish Date: July 9th - 1971
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Private Burial Held

Newspaper: The Pasadena Star
Author: Unknown
Publish Date: July 9th - 1971
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Doors' Jim Morrison Death Revealed

Newspaper: Kentucky New Era
Author: Ken Conway (AP)
Publish Date: July 9th - 1971
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Rock Singer Morrison Dies

Newspaper: The Sarasota Journal
Author: Unknown
Publish Date: July 9th - 1971
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Morrison Dies

Newspaper: The Altoona Mirror
Author: Unknown
Publish Date: July 9th - 1971
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Attorney reports Doors' singer Jim Morrison has died in Paris

Newspaper: Milwaukee Journal
Author: Tony Kornheiser
Publish Date: July 13th - 1971
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His Quiet Death Not Like Morrison

Newspaper: Deseret News
Author: Celeste Carlisle
Publish Date: July 16th - 1971
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Jim Morrison In Retrospect

Newspaper: Oakland Tribune (Los Angeles Times)
Author: Mike Jahn
Publish Date: July 21st - 1971
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Requiem For Three Contemporaries

Newspaper: Charleston Gazette (Los Angeles Times)
Author: Bill Cunningham
Publish Date: November 18th - 1972
Copyright © Charleston Gazette
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