AUG. 16 1977, Elvis Presley was found dead lying on the floor in his bathroom by his girlfriend Ginger Alden, he had been seated on the toilet reading ‘The Scientific Search For Jesus’. He died of heart failure at the age of 42. His first record for RCA, Heartbreak Hotel, was also his first US No.1. He starred in 31 films. Elvis holds the record for the most entries on the US Hot 100 chart with 154. Elvis became the first rock ‘n’ roll artist to be honoured by the US Postal Service with a stamp.

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I feel so alone sometimes. The night is quiet for me. I’d love to be able to sleep. I am glad that everyone is gone now. I’ll probably not rest. I have no need for all this. Help me lord’ -A note written by Elvis late 1976 early 1977.
Elvis Aaron Presley died on Tuesday 16th August 1977. He was only 42 years old.

THE DAY-Elvis woke at his usual time about 4pm, on Monday 15 August. He spent the evening watching TV, playing with Lisa Marie and bickering with his fiancée Ginger Alden. He then went off to see his dentist, Lester Hoffman, around 11pm. Elvis got home from the dentist at about 12.30am. As he drove his Stutz Blackhawk through the Graceland, he waved at fans. Also Robert Call from Indiana took the last picture of Elvis alive (see the above photo)

Around 2.15 Elvis called Dr Nick to tell him one of his teeth is hurting and he needed some Dilaudid, so Dr Nick prescribed 6 tablets and Elvis asked Ricky Stanley to pick them up at Baptist Memorial all night pharmacy. Once Elvis had taken the pills, he called Billy Smith up and asked if him and his wife wanted to play Racquetball. Once Billy arrived, it had been raining all day long and Billy told Elvis he wanted the rain to stop. ‘ Ain’t no problem, I’ll take care of it’ Elvis said, as he placed his hands out and the rain stopped. He turned to the others and with a cheeky grin he said ‘ If you have a little faith, you can stop anything’. They played for a small while and then headed into the next room so Elvis could play some songs. The last song he ever sung was ‘Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain’. Elvis was then given the first packet of 3 prescription drugs or attacks, that Dr.Nick would leave with Elvis’s nurse Tish Henley. Each packet consisted of varying amounts of Seconal, Placidyl, Valmid, Tuinal, Demerol and an assortment of other depressants and placebos. They were made and given to Elvis so he could get hours of sleep at a time.

On his way back to his room, Elvis found Lisa Marie playing. He sent her to bed, followed her in and he kissed her goodnight. That was the last time Lisa Marie saw her Daddy alive.

Elvis was still awake a couple of hours later when Ricky bought him his second attack, but when he called down for the third, no one could find Ricky, which upset Elvis. Ricky was on duty till noon. Tish had also gone to work, so Elvis had his Aunt Delta to call her at Dr. Nick’s office and after a long talk, Tish give Delta the third packet, made up with 2 Valmids and a Placdyl Placebo. When Delta went into Elvis’s bedroom, he did tell her she was getting up around 7pm. Not long afterwards, he told Ginger that he was going into the bathroom to read. She reminded him not to fall asleep on the toilet and his last words were ‘ Ok, I won’t’.

Ginger woke up at 1.30pm, rolled over, felt Elvis wasn’t in bed, and then fell back to sleep for a few minutes. Once she was awake, she called her mother who asked how Elvis was, Ginger had no idea. She then got dressed and put on her make-up, she then walked over to Elvis’s bathroom door, knocked softly and called out Elvis’s name. She got no answer and then she pushed open the door and discovered Elvis lying on the floor, his gold pajama’s bottoms around the bottom of his feet, his face buried in a pool of vomit on the thick shag carpet. In shock, she called downstairs and spoke to someone on duty, that person was Al Strada. She thought Elvis had fallen over and hit his head, but he really needed help. And quick.

Al was bending over Elvis when Joe Esposito came running upstairs and into the bathroom. Together the two men managed to turn Elvis’s body over and Joe tried to breathe some life into his long time friend. It seemed for a moment like time was suspended, but then everything started to happen all at once. Vernon came into the room and his face was a mask of fear as he cried out ‘ Oh, God, son please don’t go, please don’t die!’. Joe worked so hard on Elvis but there was little doubt in his mind or anyone else, Elvis was gone. Elvis’s face was swollen and purplish, the tongue was discolored and sticking out of his mouth, the eyeballs were blood red. Suddenly Lisa Marie arrived in the midst of it all. ‘What’s wrong with my Daddy?’ She yelled, as Ginger closed the first bathroom door. ‘Something is wrong with my Daddy and I’m going to find out!’ Little Lisa had shouted as she ran for the second bathroom door, only to find that locked.

People were crying and wailing when two firemen EMT arrived with an ambulance from Engine House No.29 in Whitehaven, just minutes from Graceland.


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An American Trilogy lyrics

Oh I wish I was in the land of cotton

Old things they are not forgotten
Look away, look away, look away dixieland
Oh I wish I was in dixie, away, away
In dixieland I take my stand to live and die in dixie
Cause dixieland, that’s where I was born
Early lord one frosty morning
Look away, look away, look away dixieland

Glory, glory hallelujah
Glory, glory hallelujah
Glory, glory hallelujah
His truth is marching on

So hush little baby
Don’t you cry
You know your daddys bound to die
But all my trials, lord will soon be over


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