Elvis Presley’s Step-Brother Refutes ‘Suicide’ Report
Elvis Presley's step-brother, David Stanley, says a report claiming that he wrote the King deliberately overdosed on drugs to kill himself was taken out of context.
According to the New York Daily News, Stanley says in his upcoming book, My Brother Elvis, that when he last saw Presley on Aug. 14, 1977, Presley told him he was going away for a few days and the next time he saw him he’d be “on a higher plane.” Two days later, the King was found dead at his home, Graceland. Though a heart attack was officially ruled as the cause of Presley’s death on Aug. 16,1977 at only 42, drugs have long been suspected as a contributing factor. Toxicology reports found traces of several drugs in his system afterward.
The report also says there was drug paraphernalia surrounding Presley’s body when he was discovered, and that Stanley attempted to clear it by shoving the pills and syringes into his pockets to hide them before police came. Official reports say there were no drugs found on the scene. According to the report, Stanley claims Presley had “done this on purpose,” and remembers wondering why at the time.
Stanley says Presley’s drug problem prior to his death had become debilitating, and that his close friends and family were on constant watch to help him to the bathroom. He explains that Presley would fall asleep at the dinner table while eating and they would have to “reach inside his mouth and remove the food.”
In addition to being Presley’s stepbrother, the two also worked together. Stanley became family in 1960, when Stanley’s mother married Presley’s widowed father. Stanley was only 4 years old at the time — 20 years Presley’s junior — and moved into Graceland at that young age.
Stanley turned to Facebook to clarify his intentions after the Daily News piece ran, saying it "took what I had written about Elvis' passing completely out of context. The article went viral and circulated world wide. I am posting this today to refute the article's content and delivery."
"Yes, My Brother Elvis is a sad story of pain and loss dealing with the final years of his life and the time I spent with him but it's not without compassion and love ... As far as his passing, only he and God knows what happen in those final moments that took him from us all," he adds, saying that he wrote the book to help bring awareness to the problem of prescription drug abuse.
"We have lost two Kings, a Prince and countless others to prescription drug abuse and as someone who suffered Elvis' loss first hand I feel in my heart that sharing my story can reach many and save them from that same fate."
My Brother Elvis is slated for release Aug. 16, 2016, the 39th anniversary of Presley’s death.
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