June 03 - Jerry Hopkins Died

Best-selling author and long-time Bangkok resident Jerry Hopkins died Sunday at Camillian Hospital after a long illness, his family announced. He was 82.

One of the country's most colourful foreign residents, Hopkins burst to international fame with publication of The New York Times best-selling biography of Jim Morrison of The Doors, to be followed by 39 mainstream books and more than 1,000 magazine articles. 

His Thai wife Lamyai and his son Nick announced the American's death Sunday evening. "It is with great sadness to report that Jerry Hopkins has passed away at 16.48 Sunday," she wrote to an internet discussion group.

The white-bearded Hopkins published what quickly became a cult classic on The Doors' lead singer entitled, No One Here Gets Out Alive, in 1990, and it was on the best-seller lists for two years.

His other biographical subjects include Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Raquel Welch, Yoko Ono, and Don Ho, collectively earning him the title "dean of the pop biographers." A profile published on his own website, JerryHopkins.com, says four million copies of his books, published in 23 countries, have been translated into 16 languages.

The Morrison biography was the main source of Oliver Stone's movie of the same name, while his 1971 book, Elvis: A Biography, became a 12-hour radio series broadcast by the BBC.

Hopkins moved to Thailand in 1993, where he quickly took to writing about local subjects.

(Source: FECC / Bankok Post)

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