During the morning of Aug. 16, 1977, while at his home, Elvis Presley grabbed th…

Written by on August 16, 2018


During the morning of Aug. 16, 1977, while at his home, Elvis Presley grabbed the book he’d been reading, Frank Adams’ The Scientific Search For The Face Of Jesus, and went into his bathroom. His then girfriend Ginger Alden said to him “Don’t fall asleep in there,” because she knew he did occasionally tend to fall asleep while in there. Elvis replied “Okay, I won’t.” Ginger went back to sleep.

At about 1:30 in the afternoon, Ginger woke up and sees Elvis is still gone. When knocking on the bathroom door produces no reply, she enters and finds his lifeless body on the floor in front of the toilet.

Alden screams for Elvis associates Al Strada and Joe Esposito, who arrive and call the fire department. An ambulance is dispatched. Daughter Lisa Marie and father Vernon arrive in the bathroom, but Lisa Marie is quickly removed from the scene. Elvis is rushed to nearby Baptist Memorial Hospital, where, after several attempts to revive him, he dies at 3:30 pm CST. His autopsy is performed at 7:00 pm.

The official coroner’s report lists “cardiac arrhythmia” as the cause of Presley’s death, but this was later admitted to be a ruse entered into by the Presley family along with autopsy physicians Dr. Jerry T. Francisco, Dr. Eric Muirhead and Dr. Noel Florredo to cover up the real cause of death, a cocktail of ten prescribed drugs, taken in doses no doctor would prescribe: The painkillers Morphine and Demerol. Chloropheniramine, an antihistamine. The tranquilizers Placidyl and Vailum. Finally, four drugs were found in “significant” quantities: Codeine, an opiate, Ethinamate, largely prescribed at the time as a “sleeping pill,” Quaaludes, and a barbituate, or depressant, that has never been identified. It has also been rumored that Diazepam, Amytal, Nembutal, Carbrital, Sinutab, Elavil, Avental, and Valmid were found in his system at death.

The phrase “cardiac arrhythmia,” in the context of the coroner’s report, means little more than a stopped heart; the report initially tried to attribute the arrhythmia to cardiovascular disease, but Elvis’ own personal physician has stated that Presley had no such chronic problems at the time.

Elvis’ last words “Okay I won’t”……

41 years ago today, Elvis left the building. Do you remember where you were when you heard the news? For those of you not old enough to remember this, when did you first learn about Elvis?

RIP Elvis. Thank you on so many levels.




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