The King’s for­mer wife shocks his fans with some dis­turb­ing rev­e­la­tions

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Celebrity News -

It’s been more than 40 years since the un­timely death of the King of Rock and Roll – and in the new doc­u­men­tary Elvis Pres­ley: The Searcher, his ex-wife Priscilla Pres­ley has made a shock­ing rev­e­la­tion about how the leg­end re­ally died at his Grace­land es­tate.

Sev­eral months af­ter Elvis’ road man­ager and friend Joe Es­pos­ito said he found a sui­cide note next to the singer’s life­less body back in 1977, Priscilla

ad­mits his heart at­tack may not have been an ac­ci­dent af­ter all. In­stead, she be­lieves Elvis killed him­self at the age of 42 be­cause he was strug­gling with drug abuse and wouldn’t ac­cept help.


“It was dif­fi­cult for all of us. We cer­tainly didn’t see it com­ing, but we cer­tainly saw the jour­ney he was tak­ing,” Priscilla, 72, says.

“Peo­ple go, ‘Why didn’t any­one do any­thing?’ Well, that’s not true. Peo­ple there in the in­ner group did, but you did not tell Elvis Pres­ley what to do. You did not. I mean, you’d be out of there faster than a scratched cat. They would try – and no way. He knew what he was do­ing.”

Elvis de­vel­oped a drug prob­lem when he was posted to Ger­many with the US army in 1958, Priscilla re­veals.

“They gave [pills] to the sol­diers over there to keep them awake. He had ma­noeu­vres that he had to do late at night, so the pills were given to the guys and that’s how he started,” she ex­plains.

“And if you take a sleep­ing pill, you have to do some­thing to get your­self awake. He was in un­charted ter­ri­tory, he truly was, and he did this [tried to quit drugs] and tried to do this alone.”

These rev­e­la­tions from Priscilla – the mother of Elvis’ only child, Lisa Marie, now 50 – re­in­force claims his death was de­lib­er­ate, af­ter he penned two notes hint­ing at his de­pres­sion seven months ear­lier.

“I need a long rest,” Elvis wr wrote in one of the let­ters. “I’m sic sick and tired of my life.” He also de de­scribed los­ing Priscilla as the

‘You did not tell Elvis what to do. You did not’

“great­est “g mis­take of my life” and ad­mit­ted ad he was “em­bar­rassed” he h couldn’t “kick drugs”. Elvis’ step­brother Rick Stan­ley la later said, “The hand­writ­ten n note ap­pears to be gen­uine. T To me, it’s a clear in­di­ca­tion th that sui­cide was on his mind.” Priscilla prom­ises this new d doc­u­men­tary will give fans a l lot of “an­swers” about the King, i in­clud­ing his tense re­la­tion­ship w with his dom­i­neer­ing man­ager C Colonel Tom Parker. “I wanted Elvis’ life to be re­spected be­cause he de­served it. The ques­tions needed to be an­swered,” she says. “Af­ter liv­ing it, it’s hard for me to watch, be­cause so much went down.”

Priscilla also says the doco – which she pro­duced – might change fans’ per­cep­tion of the singer. “I started think­ing, ‘Well, if they truly cared for Elvis Pres­ley, then they need to see what hap­pened,’” she ex­plains.

In­sid­ers say be­ing in­volved in the project has brought up a lot of painful mem­o­ries for Elvis’ ex-wife, but she was fi­nally ready to tell the world the truth.


“Elvis was and al­ways will be the love of Priscilla’s life,” a friend tells Woman’s Day.

“It’s been tough for her to re­live all of this, but she kept a lot of stuff a se­cret for a long time.

“Priscilla doesn’t find it easy to trust many peo­ple, but she con­nected with the di­rec­tor [Thom Zimny] and ended up open­ing up to him a lot.

“She’ll al­ways feel some guilt over Elvis’ death and the fact that she couldn’t do any­thing to stop it,” adds the source.

“Now, she wants his fans to know the real Elvis. In her mind, that’s what they de­serve – and Elvis de­serves that too.”

De­spite divorc­ing Elvis in 1973, Priscilla says he was the love of her life.

The singer was over­weight and ad­dicted to drugs when he died in 1977.

Board­ing a pri­vate jet af­ter their 1967 Las Ve­gas wed­ding.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.