Posted on: August 21, 2023, 08:04h. Last updated on: August 18, 2023, 12:58h.
Elvis Presley’s Death Hoax: A Popular Conspiracy Theory That Still Lingers
Elvis Presley, the legendary King of Rock n’ Roll, passed away 46 years ago. However, there are still those who believe he faked his death. Despite overwhelming evidence of his demise, including certifications from doctors and a coroner, as well as thousands of witnesses who saw his open casket, millions of people cling to the belief that Elvis is still alive.
In the 1980s, Elvis sightings were seemingly everywhere, from amusement parks in California to a Burger King in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Lately, these sightings have decreased, but hundreds of thousands of believers still remain. Several active Facebook groups with titles like “Elvis is Alive” continue to attract members who are fascinated by this theory.
One of the most popular pieces of evidence that conspiracy theorists point to is a video from 2016 that surfaced on YouTube. The video shows a man resembling Elvis working as a groundskeeper at Graceland. Commenters claim that a gesture he makes in the video is a hidden clue that he is, in fact, the real Elvis.
Additionally, many proponents of the faked death theory highlight the sealed autopsy and toxicology reports. Elvis’ father, Vernon, ordered these reports to be kept confidential for 50 years, leading to speculation about conflicting information within them. However, these reports are set to be unsealed in 2027, and it is unlikely that their findings will satisfy true believers.
Some supporters of the theory also point to a misspelling on Elvis’ tombstone as a significant clue. His middle name, Aaron, is spelled as “Aron.” According to conspiracy theorists, this misspelling is intentional and signifies that the person buried in Graceland is not the real Elvis. However, it is important to note that Aaron was the alternate spelling that Elvis himself used.
Those who entertain the idea of Elvis faking his death often offer different explanations for his alleged disappearance. Some believe that Elvis grew tired of fame and wanted to escape the harsh spotlight and his manager’s control. Others speculate that he had to go into hiding due to threats from organized crime, and that his cooperation with the FBI led to his witness protection.
Despite these theories, there is substantial evidence pointing to Elvis’ untimely demise. At the time of his death, Elvis was severely overweight, weighing around 350 lbs, and battling a crippling drug addiction. His personal physician, Dr. George Nichopoulos, wrote over 10,000 prescriptions for various drugs during the last seven months of Elvis’ life. These medications included dangerous substances like amphetamines, barbiturates, narcotics, tranquilizers, and more.
Dr. Nick, as he was known, had his medical license revoked in 1993 for overprescribing medications, although he was acquitted of the same charge earlier in Elvis’ case. At Elvis’ autopsy, a four-month-old stool was found blocking his large intestine. This led experts to believe that his death was likely caused by a strain that triggered a fatal heart arrhythmia or heart attack due to his underlying heart condition.
In conclusion, the myth of Elvis Presley’s faked death continues to capture the imagination of many, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. While conspiracy theorists find solace in alleged sightings and speculations about hidden reports, the reality is that Elvis’ health struggles and drug addiction ultimately led to his tragic demise.