The world gave the title “King of Rock and Roll” to Elvis Aaron Presley. Also known as the King, Elvis Presley stood a legend in the world of music. Everyone to this day knows who he is. We can still listen to his music on radio programs featuring old songs. People still know Elvis as a sex symbol, featuring physical attractiveness and sexual appeal. Elvis would later live up to his name as the King by dressing up as one, his famous eagle motif outfit that also represented his country, America. At the age of 36, the King was already awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, an award given to those that have contributed outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording. But later in the 70’s, his health would deteriorate and he became drug-dependent. The King’s death would later happen at the early age of 42.
The King of Rock and Roll died on August 16, 1977 partly due to the drugs he took. He took many drugs over his last years in order to reciprocate his now deteriorating health. But despite being weak and drug-dependent, the King still took on many tours and concerts which lead to the King’s death. Plenty of fans saw him force himself to the stage, literally impossible to understand. The once mighty energetic King Elvis has now fallen like an abused peasant. Of course, he wasn’t abused by anyone, but by the drugs he thought he needed to overdose himself with. But nonetheless, the King would not want to admit to the people and himself that he was weak, that he needed a year’s rest or so before hitting the road again. Elvis wanted to serve his fans so much that he had a tour set to begin before he was found lifeless on his bathroom floor. The King’s death not only placed him in peace, but also his friends and supporters that wanted him to take a break from all his sufferings.
Early autopsies done during the King’s death showed that he was killed through the plenty of drugs he took every day. Drug use was heavily implicated as the cause of the King’s death, but during that time, there were plenty of allegations that there was a cover-up involved. The first report released before the first autopsy was finished claimed the King died of cardiac arrhythmia, a condition indentified to be present only in someone who is still alive. The King’s physician, Dr. Nichopoulos, faced criminal liabilities with the death of Elvis because he was found to have prescribed as much as 10,000 doses of sedatives, amphetamines and narcotics to Elvis in the first eight months of the year 1977 alone leading to the King’s death. Years after the King’s death, the autopsy was reopened in 1994. Coroner Dr. Joseph Davis declared that very few data would suggest the King’s death from drug overdose, but plenty of signs showed a sudden heart attack. Some people claimed that Elvis staged his own death to revive his tumbling career. Many other people have claimed to have seen Elvis Presley after his death.
Very few people would want to know the real reason behind the King’s death. Those that saw him in his later years knew he was going to retire in one way or another. In fact, some wanted the King’s death to happen soon before he thoroughly ruins his own image. And so the King’s death put everyone who cared in peace.