Elvis Presley fanatics across the globe were united in grief yesterday, when it was confirmed that the much loved singer had passed away at the age of 42, on the 16th of August 1977.
Elvis – known to his legions of fans around the world as “The King” – was discovered unconscious on the floor of his bathroom by his fiancée, Ginger Alden, over thirty-five years ago, and though attempts were made to resuscitate him, Presley was pronounced dead at 3:30 PM by doctors at Memphis’ Baptist Memorial Hospital.
“It’s so hard to accept that he’s gone,” dangerously obsessed Elvis fan, Martin Hawkes (36) told us. “One minute he’s walking around on witness relocation somewhere in New Mexico, the next… this.”
Added Hawkes: “It’s going to take a lot of people a lot of time to accept that the King is really dead, y’know?”
One man who needs no convincing is Dr Jerry Francisco, who performed the autopsy on Presley back in 1977. The now retired Francisco has stated many times that in his professional medical opinion the star was “unequivocally dead” before the autopsy examination took place and that his condition had not changed afterwards.
Indeed, Francisco insists that after the three hour internal examination of Presley’s body had been carried out it would have been “medically impossible [for Elvis] to be any more dead than he was.”
“That’s why they buried him in the ground,” Francisco explained. “They don’t do that if you’re still alive. They’re not allowed.”
Within hours of yesterday’s announcement by the Presley estate, many internet forums and chatrooms were buzzing, with conspiracy theorists publically stating that this latest reiteration that Elvis is definitely dead is a ploy by the singer himself, designed to draw attention away from the thousands of other identities he has adopted since faking his own passing.
Alice Banks, founder of “Elvis Lives!” – a group set up to discuss sightings of the very much deceased music legend – scoffed upon hearing the news of Presley’s passing being repeated yet again, dismissing the whole thing as just the latest chapter in an ongoing elaborate hoax.
“In the past thirty years well over a thousand everyday, average Americans have sighted Elvis, either working happily in a gas station somewhere, plumbing in their downstairs toilet, or simply enjoying a stroll in the park,” Alice told visitors to her website. “And now here we are expected to take the word of a small group of medical experts and Elvis’ close family over that of a thousand Americans like you and I?”
Continued Alice: “I’m sorry, but I don’t buy it.”
Elvis’ daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, was unavailable for comment on her father’s death, though friends have said she is “coping well” with his unexpected passing almost four decades ago.