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Elvis Presley

Real Name: Elvis Aron Presley
Case: Suspicious Death
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Date: August 16, 1977


Details: Elvis Presley was one of the most famous and charismatic entertainers in the world. When he died on the morning of August 16, 1977 in his home at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, it came as a great shock to all his fans. To this day, several people who still refuse to accept his death instead believe the alternate urban legend that he faked his own death. However, several other people wonder if it was an accident or suicide.
His stepbrother, David Stanley, is certain that Elvis committed suicide. Around the time of his death, Elvis was on a strict daily routine. Three times per day, he took nearly a dozen different prescription drugs, including Demerol and Seconal. The drugs were administered by members of his entourage. His drug usage began in 1958 after he was drafted into the Army and sent overseas. While on the front, he began taking drugs to keep himself awake. After he was discharged, he starred in several films. He wanted to be drama film star, but his management did not let him because they did not believe he would make enough money.
Depressed by his lack of drama roles and overbearing fans, he retreated to his Graceland mansion. He surrounded himself with paid friends, called the "Memphis Mafia". When he was not on tour, he kept himself isolated from the outside world. His affairs, absences, and drug use led to the end of his six-year marriage to Priscilla.
At the time of his death, Elvis was taking several pain-killers and medication for various physical ailments. He was also doing very little to save his health and seemed to be getting tired of his life. His fans still wonder if his death was merely an accident or suicide.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the November 13, 1997 episode. Elvis Presley was also featured prominently as a part of the twinless twin segment that aired on February 16, 1996.
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