Truth behind Elvis’s death
Elvis in concert in 1977
The singer was so overweight and unfit his death at the age of 42 in 1977 was inevitable, he reveals in Channel 5 show Autopsy: The Last Hours Of Elvis.
He drank a litre of spirits a day and took up to nine prescription drugs.
His heart and liver were twice normal size.
His hair would have been “snow white” had he not dyed it.
Elvis was found face down in the bathroom of his mansion at Graceland in Tennessee after he collapsed and fell at about 7am while his fiancée and staff slept.
Elvis was not in good shape
British forensic pathologist Dr Richard Shepherd, who gave evidence at the inquests on Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed and most recently reviewed the death of Dr David Kelly, looked at all the available evidence from the US coroner who, in America, also acts as the pathologist.
“Elvis was not in good shape,” explained Dr Shepherd, saying Presley, who was 5ft 11in, weighed 15st 10lb.
“I started off thinking he had probably taken an overdose but it was his heart disease and the size of his heart that really opened my eyes.
“What he was facing on that final night was truly awful.
“How he got to that state, I am really surprised.
“Without being too crude about it, here was someone who was going to die soon.”
- Autopsy: The Last Hours Of Elvis Presley is on Channel 5 on Tuesday at 9pm.