SERGE GAINSBOURG (1928-1991)
Who he was and how he died: The great genius and provocateur of French pop. After suffering a heart attack at age 63, the then President François Mitterrand said: “He was our Baudelaire, our Apollinaire. He raised the song to the art level. ” Where is his grave: In the Jewish area of the Montparnasse Cemetery, in Paris. Baudelaire's grave, by the way, is very close, as is that of actress Jean Seberg. What you should know: His grave shows the love and veneration that the French people profess. Together with numerous portraits and flowers deposited by his admirers, the packets of Gitanes, the brand of tobacco that he smoked compulsively, never fail.
IAN CURTIS (1956-1980)
Who he was and how he died: Vocalist of the post-punk group Joy Division. He hanged himself at his home in Manchester on the eve of making what was going to be his first American tour. Where is his grave: Macclesfield Cemetery in Cheshire (United Kingdom). What you should know: The inscription of his tombstone was chosen by his widow, Deborah Curtis, and puts "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (title will destroy us), title of his most popular song. In 2008 it was stolen and replaced by a new replica.
BRIAN JONES (1942-1969)
Who he was and how he died: Founder guitarist of the Rolling Stones. Shortly after leaving the band, disillusioned with her, they found him drowned in his pool. He was the first of the so-called "club of 27", age at which many of the rock myths died. Where is his grave: Cheltenham Cemetery in Gloucestershire (United Kingdom). What you should know: The relatively complicated access to the place makes it retain some beauty and tranquility, far from the deterioration of the massification. In a typically British cemetery, there is an austere and well-kept grave, in immaculate white, next to which one can usually find little more than a few flowers and bottles of wine or some liquor.
JOHNNY CASH (1932-2003) and JUNE CARTER CASH (1929-2003)
Who they were and how they died: The golden couple of American country-folk. June passed away first, in a Nashville hospital, for heart problems. Four months later he was followed by his partner, suffering from neuropathy and diabetes. Where is his grave: They lie together, in the Hendensorville Memory Gardens, in Tennessee. What you should know: The romantic halo of seeing the couple's two gravestones together is very powerful. It is not the only case. In the cemetery of Montparnasse, in Paris, for example, you can visit Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.
JIMI HENDRIX (1942-1970)
Who he was and how he died: The legend of the rock guitar, planted fire to the hippy dream. His girlfriend found him dead in his London apartment after swallowing his own vomit after a barbiturate intake. Where is his grave: Greenwood Memorial Park in Renton, Washington (USA). What you should know: In 2002, his corpse was exhumed and the grave was taken to a new location, a granite dome with a viewpoint that, by the way, has four stars on the TripAdvisor website. Next to him now lie his father and stepmother.
WHITNEY HOUSTON (1963-2012)
Who he was and how he died: Diva of soul and pop in the 80s and 90s and one of the female voices that have sold the most records in history. They found her dead drowned in her bathtub, in a Beverly Hills hotel, the night before the Grammy Awards. Where is his grave: Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey. What you should know: The tomb is located in a small cemetery, with little infrastructure to receive many visitors. That forced that, before the continuous pilgrimage of fans, it was temporarily closed to the public. In addition, they put a private armed guard to guard it, since the singer was buried with jewelry valued at $ 500,000. Maybe now things are quieter.
JIM MORRISON (1943-1971)
Who he was and how he died: Vocalist of The Doors and figure of glowing countercultural charisma. They found his body in the bathtub of his flat in the Parisian neighborhood of Le Marais. When not doing the autopsy, there are many opinions about the cause of his death. Where is his grave: Pére Lachaise Cemetery, Paris. Section 6
BOB MARLEY (1945-1981)
Who he was and how he died: The king of reggae and probably the most famous Jamaican of all time. His days ended in Miami because of a cancer caused by a toe wound while playing football. Where is his grave: Bob Marley's Mausoleum in Nine Mile, Saint Ann (Jamaica). What you should know: There are companies that offer tourist excursions to the mausoleum, actually a museum house in their hometown, small and difficult to access. All topics of reggae culture are represented inside, and includes a vegetarian restaurant and souvenir shop. There are guided tours that cost between 10 and 15 dollars. And, attention: it is allowed to smoke marijuana, but prohibited to enter with shoes. It is also not allowed to take photos, so we leave you with one of the door.
ELVIS PRESLEY (1935-1977)
Who he was and how he died: The king of rock. He died in his mansion in Graceland (Memphis) for a heart failure possibly induced by excessive drug use. Where is his grave: Graceland House Museum. Memphis, Tennessee. Garden of Meditation What you should know: An attempt to steal the corpse led to a change of location after the funeral. He is buried next to his mother. Admission is $ 33.
MICHAEL JACKSON (1958-2009)
Who he was and how he died: The king of pop. He died of heart failure, although his doctor was charged with involuntary manslaughter by giving him drugs that ended up causing his death. Where is his grave: Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale (California). Mausoleum in the Ascension Sanctuary. What you should know: The tomb is private and its access is closed to the general public, except on the day of the anniversary of his death (June 25, this year you no longer arrive!), Or unless you have a family member buried in the same mausoleum, or explicit permission of the Jackson family. Numerous fans have made attempts to outwit security guards to sneak in, but few have succeeded.