Elvis Presley’s half-brother remembered Lisa Marie Presley’s heartbreaking words when he learned her father had died of heart failure.
In an exclusive interview with Kristen Bell Tattoos, David Stanley told how he was in Graceland on the day of his brother’s death on August 16, 1977, when little Lisa Marie found him.
David recalls playing billiards with a friend when Lisa Marie, then nine years old, and Elvis’ girlfriend Ginger’s niece ran to him with heartbreaking words: “Daddy’s sick … we can’t wake him up.”
The writer and director, who has been Elvis’ bodyguard and tour manager since he was 16, said Elvis fainted on the toilet at his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, just hours before he was due to embark on a new tour. launched in Portland, Oregon.
David shared his heartbreaking memories ahead of a new movie about the life of the king, starring Tom Hanks and Austin Butler this week.
David said: “I was at Graceland in the basement playing pool with my buddy before everything got busy when we went on tour.
“A girl named Amber, Ginger’s niece, walked in with Lisa Marie and said, ‘David, dad is sick.’
“I said, ‘What’s wrong with him?’ and she said, ‘We can’t wake him up.’
“And it wasn’t a shock. I saw this happen many times and I didn’t panic.
“She told me that there were people with him, so I told my friend that I would take him home because I suspected that we might have to cancel the tour or take some action.
“Anyway, after dropping him off nearby, on my way back to the Graceland gate, an ambulance pulled up in front of me.
“They went to the front of the house and I went to the back and I started to get nervous. I didn’t panic because I got him out of a dozen overdose situations.
“I ran up the steps to his room, to the bathroom, where Elvis was lying in a fetal position… I saw his face buried in the carpet.”
David Stanley, Elvis’ half brother
“I ran up the steps to his room, the bathroom, where Elvis was lying in the fetal position. Vernon stood at his feet and moaned, “My son is dead.”
“I saw his face buried in the carpet. I don’t know if he fell off the toilet when he had a heart attack.”
Paramedics then took Elvis to the hospital, but the doctors were unable to save him.
“I WAS DESTRUCTION”
In previous interviews, Lisa Marie told how her father kissed her and put her to bed the night before he died, and then she woke up and realized that something was wrong.
In a TV interview, Lisa Marie recalled: “I knew something was wrong because I was in my room, which was next to his bathroom.
“So I knew something was very wrong. All the excitement and all. I was a wreck.”
She added, “I was confused, but I was also confused because I was so upset.”
Before his death, Elvis had a known drug addiction and was known to take sleeping pills, Demerol injections, amphetamines, codeine, morphine, diazepam, and Placidil.
An autopsy revealed that Elvis’ blood contained 10 different types of drugs, and he suffered from severe cardiovascular disease, emphysema, and bowel problems.
Later it turned out that a few months before his death, the king was prescribed 8805 tablets and injectables.
David said he remembers Elvis falling into addiction after his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, who plays Hanks in the new Elvis movie, forced him to work a grueling schedule and ruined his dreams of starring in Hollywood films and touring Europe. .
While David does not explicitly blame Parker for his brother’s death, he feels he contributed to Elvis’ downward spiral.
David said: “One of the reasons Elvis passed away was because he wasn’t challenged anymore. He needed a new challenge.
“There was a guy in the Middle East who offered him a million dollars for Elvis for one show, and an Australian promoter offered millions for concerts there. But Parker refused.
“Elvis was approached to work with Barbra Streisand on A Star Is Born in the mid-70s.
“He wants to do it to show that he can cut his teeth to the best in Hollywood.
Elvis was stuck on these recurring tours of the US, where we certainly made a lot of money, but they kept him.
David Stanley, Elvis’ half brother
“He loved the challenge, the script, and the idea of working with Barbra. But Parker refused to do so.
“Elvis would have done a great job too. He had the potential to become a major movie star – there is no doubt about that.
“He needed a purpose and a similar creative project to move forward.
“Instead, Elvis was stuck on these revolving US tours, where we certainly made a lot of money, but they kept him.
“The Colonel prevented Elvis from developing. It limited him and made him feel like he was stuck in this endless cycle of US tours.
“As a child, I expressed my opinion, but nothing has changed.
“The bigger question is what he had on Elvis that made him give in to his desires. There must have been something. I don’t know what it was. I still don’t understand.”
David wrote a book about his life with Elvis called My Brother Elvis: The Final Years.
He is also re-releasing his film Defending the King, which chronicles the last five years of Elvis’ life.
Kristen Bell Tattoos has contacted the Elvis Presley Graceland Charitable Foundation for comment.