Why did he rely so much on drugs? He was using drugs in the army when he was in Germany and he offered them to Priscilla. Eventually the drugs killed Elvis when he was 42 years old. His daughter Lisa Marie was nine years old at the time. Although he had an enlarged heart there was evidence of 17 drugs in his system at the time of his death.
The official coroner’s report lists “cardiac arrhythmia” as the cause of Presley’s death, but this was later admitted to be a ruse entered into by the Presley family along with autopsy physicians Dr. Jerry T. Francisco, Dr. Eric Muirhead, and Dr. Noel Florredo to cover up the real cause of death, a cocktail of prescribed drugs, taken in doses no doctor normally would have prescribed. They included the painkillers morphine and Demerol; chlorpheniramine, an antihistamine; the tranquilizers Placidyl and Valium; codeine, an opiate; Ethinamate, prescribed at the time as a sleeping pill; quaaludes; and a barbiturate, or depressant, that has never been identified.
It has also been rumored that diazepam, Amytal, Nembutal, Carbrital, Sinutab, Elavil, Avenal, and Valmid were found in his system at death.
The phrase “cardiac arrhythmia,” in the context of the coroner’s report, means little more than a stopped heart. The report initially tried to attribute the arrhythmia to cardiovascular disease, but Elvis’ personal physician has stated that Presley had no such chronic problems at the time. Most of Elvis’ many health problems have been traced to rampant abuse of prescription drugs. Two pathologists who were present at the post mortem had found evidence of severe and chronic constipation, diabetes, and glaucoma during their examination. Presley was a long-time abuser of opiates, which not only kill pain but also cause savage constipation.
Elvis had visited his dentist the day before he died to have a temporary crown put in. It has been suggested that the codeine the dentist gave him that day resulted in anaphylactic shock, which contributed to his death. He previously had suffered allergic reactions to the drug. He was found in the bathroom on the floor where he had fallen off the toilet. He was sent to a hospital where he was prononced dead. A very, very tragic end to one of the greatest singers ever.
Listen to him sing “What Now My Love” (HERE) where he goes up three octaves at the end of the song. It’s here that you can really hear his true vocal power, his three octave voice is full of rich timber. Listen expecially to the last notes in his high register. Fantastic talent.
Opera star Kiri Te Kanawa told Michael Parkinson that the young Elvis had the greatest voice she had ever heard. The tenor Placido Domingo similarly enthused in an interview in Spanish magazine Hola in 1994: “His was the one voice I wish to have had.” How about Pok Salad Annie.. HERE.
President Trump awarded Elvis the Presidential Medal of Freedom. HERE. on November 16, 2018.