Elvis Presley Week: The End
Elvis died 38 years ago today. In my eyes, he was the king and will always be the king. There will never be another Elvis Presley. Here are some words from my book about his last day:
“Elvis’s health was rapidly going downhill. He suffered from glaucoma, high blood pressure, liver damage, an enlarged colon and an enlarged heart. All of this was caused from years of drug abuse. He was grossly overweight and the end was near.
He was scheduled to fly out of Memphis on August 16, but his fiancée, Ginger Alden found him lying on his bathroom floor, unconscious. An ambulance was called and he was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:30 p.m. that afternoon. He was 42 years old. His last words were “No, I won’t” when Alden told him not to fall asleep reading in the bathroom.
Some reporters have written that Elvis was reading porn when he died in the bathroom. That is not true. He was reading the book “The Scientific Search for the Face of Jesus” by Frank O. Adams. The book doesn’t appear to be in print anymore, but you can get a used copy on Amazon for $40.
I used to have a 30 minute drive to work every morning in the Seventies and Eighties. Of all the trips I made, there are only two that I remember and which stand out from the others. The morning of August 17, 1977 when I heard the announcement on the radio that Elvis was gone. The second was in December of 1980 when John Lennon was shot, two moments of my life that are, to this day, like they were yesterday.”