ELVIS PRESSLY was the greatest musician on the planet before he sadly passed away in August 1977 at the age of 42.
Here’s everything you need to know about the American star, considered the greatest music performer of the 20th century, on his 87th birthday.
What caused Elvis Presley’s death?
Elvis Presley died at the age of 42 from drug abuse, and his official cause of death was a heart attack.
At the time, Elvis suffered from the following conditions: high blood pressure, an enlarged colon, liver damage, and emphysema.
It is also reported that he was bedridden and weighed 25 stone. But after his death, many conspiracy theories have surfaced that he is still alive.
The 2018 documentary Elvis Presley: The Seeker suggests the singer was addicted to painkillers and committed suicide.
When did the “king of rock and roll” die?
On August 16, 1977, Elvis was found dead in the bathroom, face down in front of the toilet in his home in Graceland, Memphis…
When the medics arrived, he was cold, blue and had no vital signs – it is believed that he had been dead for an hour.
But he was taken by ambulance to Baptist Memorial Hospital, where a futile resuscitation attempt was made because “he was Elvis.”
What are the most iconic Elvis Presley songs?
Elvis left a huge legacy and certainly made his mark on the music industry with a number of wildly successful tracks.
One of them, Return to Sender, was a hit in 1962 and went to # 1 in the UK – it was a Christmas number, although it was released in September.
His remaster of BJ Thomas’s track Always on My Mind was made a few weeks after he separated from his wife Priscilla and is considered one of his most successful songs of the seventies.
Other major tracks on his roster include Blue Suede Shoes, All Shook Up, Hound Dog, and Jailhouse Rock.
Elvis’ song Suspicious Minds, released in 1969, became his last number one single in the US and peaked at number two in the UK.
Despite the fact that more than four decades have passed since the death of the king of rock and roll, in 2018 his daughter Lisa-Marie Presley released a new album featuring a duet with her father.
Where is Graceland?
Graceland is a mansion and estate in Memphis, Tennessee, specifically on Elvis Presley Boulevard in Whitehaven.
It attracts thousands of visitors every year, because it was once the property of Elvis himself, and now Graceland exists as a museum, which was opened to the public on June 7, 1982.
The site was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2006 and is the second most visited home in the United States, with an estimated 650,000 visitors a year, second only to the White house…
The name Graceland comes from the daughter of the original landowner Stephen Tuff, Grace, and it was eventually purchased by the king in March 1957.