Elvis Presley: 32nd Anniversary of Elvis' Death
Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977- we're at the 32nd anniversary of Elvis' death. The passing of Michael Jackson, who is still yet to be buried, invokes echoes of the passing of Elvis Presley, another international megastar who died young, and whose musical legacy continues to this day, to the extent that some people believe that Elvis is still alive.
Originally, a fake death report stated that Elvis Presley died of cardiac arrhythmia (a vague term that just means that the subject's heart stopped beating), but it was later revealed that a drug overdose actually killed The King of Rock 'n' Roll.
The painkillers Morphine and Demerol.
Chloropheniramine, an antihistamine.
The tranquilizers Placidyl and Vailum.
Finally, four drugs were found in "significant" quantities: Codeine, an opiate, Ethinamate, largely prescribed at the time as a "sleeping pill," Quaaludes, and a barbituate, or depressant, that has never been identified.
It was just after 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 16, 1977. The book that Elvis had taken into the bathroom four hours earlier, "The Scientific Search for the Face of Jesus," lay opened at his feet. He was 42.
The circumstances of Michael Jackson's death echoes that of Elvis Presley, as well, particularly their addictions to depressants.
Amongst the tributes was an concert by Elvis impersonators Elvis Shmelvis and Elvince, who were stuck in a UK traffic jam and decided to put on a show for their fellow stranded motorists.
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Did you know that Elvis Presley staged the world's first globally-broadcast live concert? Yes, indeed: Aloha from Hawaii. 1973.