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How Did Elvis Presley Die?

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A pair or red roses sits on a memorial stone near Elvis Presley's grave at the late singer's 'Graceland' estate in Memphis, Tennessee.
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Question: How Did Elvis Presley Die?
Answer: Elvis died on August 16, 1977 in the bathroom at Graceland. After being found on the bathroom floor, Elvis was rushed to the hospital where he was officially pronounced dead.

The coroner recorded the cause of death as cardiac arrhythmia. While true in the strictest sense (cardiac arrhythmia basically means that the heart was beating irregularly and in this case, finally stopped), the attending physicians deliberately omitted the fact that what had apparently caused Elvis' heart to beat irregularly and then stop was an overdose of prescription drugs. These drugs included codeine, Valium, morphine, and Demorol, to name a few. After this information was revealed, Vernon Presley, Elvis' father, had the complete autopsy report sealed. It will remain sealed until 2027, fifty years after The King's death.

Because of the controversy surrounding the autopsy as well as a few other questionable circumstances, some people believe that Elvis Presley is still alive or at least, that he didn't actually die in 1977. While I don't believe that Elvis is still alive, it is an interesting idea to explore. You can read more about the theory here.

Assuming you do believe that Elvis died in 1977, though, you can actually visit his grave site at Graceland.

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