Elvis death myth debunked: The King did not will himself to die wanting to be with Gladys

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Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977 at the age of just 42-years-old. It’s commonly believed The King’s death was brought on by his prescription drug addiction, but new research finds that it was actually his health issues from birth that caused his demise. Express.co.uk spoke with Elvis: Destined To Die Young author Sally A Hoedel, who has extensively looked into The King’s genetic and congenital problems in her new book.

Sally argues that from her non-sensationalised and carefully researched data and brand new interviews with those who knew Elvis personally that the star was always going to die young regardless of being a rock star.

The author discovered that it is no coincidence that The King and his mother Gladys died in such a similar way and at a similar age.

However, she went out of her way to debunk what she regards as the biggest myth surrounding Elvis’ death.

Instead, Sally’s mission was to help restore Elvis’ humanity, as she believes such stories around his tragic passing only chip away at it.

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Sally said: “The biggest myth that has really led to covering up the truth is that he died wanting to be with his mother. There’s so much myth with his relationship with his mother.

“He loved his mother, they were very close. But he did live a life without her, he lived for 20 years without her.

“He became a father and a husband and had a whole other career past the fifties.”

The author did point out that, of course, Elvis did always miss Gladys but did find a way to live without her.

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Sally continued: “I do believe there’s a lot of myth surrounding that. There’s always that talk in the Elvis world that he turned into his mother and wanted to be her.

“And I would just say that’s not accurate. The genetic material that ran out of steam in his mother ran out of steam in Elvis too and that’s why they died in a similar way.”

The author shared how the myths surrounding Elvis’ death had always wanted him to die at the same age as Gladys, but simply didn’t happen.

She said: “The Washington Post printed a story on August 17, 1977, the day after Elvis died, and it said Elvis died at the exact same age as his mother, age 42. And almost to the same day because she died on August 14 [1958]. That’s not true. She was 46 when she died and Elvis knew she was 46.”

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Sally added: “It was on her gravestone and he visited her grave at the cemetery often.

“That myth plays into the idea that he was so sad and so depressed 20 years after her death that that contributed some how to his demise. I completely disagree with that.”

The author reiterated: “One of the goals of this book is to restore Elvis’ humanity. That is the No 1 goal.

“It’s not a science book, it’s not a medical book. It’s really more about Elvis’ life than it is his death. It is about how he lived with these ailments and how they impacted his life up until August 16, 1977.”

During her research, Sally also discovered that Elvis’ incredible generosity was thanks to his little known relative, Great Uncle Noah Presley, who was mayor of East Tupelo in 1936. The author spoke with Noah’s son Larry Presley, who told her how his father gave Gladys and Elvis free food from the grocery store he owned while Vernon was in prison.

She said: “[Noah] had a school bus and would drive all the kids in Tupelo to the Memphis zoo once a year. He did things like that all the time. He’s the one who drives Gladys and Elvis to the penitentiary to visit Vernon.”

Such acts of kindness were remembered by The King as he grew older, with the author arguing that Noah was a big influence on Elvis’ heart for giving.

She said: “I do strongly believe that Noah Presley is why Elvis was so generous. It’s why Elvis gives so much of his wealth away whenever he has a chance. I believe he learned that from Noah Presley. I think that hasn’t totally been captured before and that I was lucky enough to talk to Noah’s son. So that was really incredible [to discover].”

Elvis: Destined To Die Young is out now and available to purchase here.

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