A onetime lover of Janis Joplin is peddling the theory that the singer's 1970 death was not, in fact, due to a heroin overdose, as was officially ruled.
Peggy Caserta who slept with and got high with the blues-rock icon, makes the claim in a new book, I Ran Into Some Trouble. She believes -- get this -- that Janis tripped when her high heel caught on the shag carpet of her L.A. hotel room. She fell into a nightstand, broke her nose and suffocated from the blood in her throat.
Caserta told Rolling Stone, "She was lying with cigarettes in one hand and change in the other. For years it bothered me. How could she have overdosed and then walked out to the lobby and walked back [to her room]? I’ve overdosed, and you crumble on the floor like how they found Philip Seymour Hoffman. I let it go for years, but I always thought, 'Something is wrong here '."
Now a shop owner, Caserta first made a name for herself with a raunchy 1973 book, the "as-told-to" Going Down With Janis, which she now claims she did not write. She says I Ran Into Some Trouble, which was co-written by Maggie Falcon, is more accurate.
Thursday marks the 48th anniversary of Janis Joplin's death.