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"It Was Difficult!" Late Elvis Presley's Ex-Wife, Priscilla, Finally Opens Up About The Singer's Final Days

Date March 21, 2018

The legendary Elvis Presley has been gone now for over four decades, but more details about his life continue to emerge. This time around, his ex-wife, Priscilla, is sharing some insights into what the "King of Rock and Roll's" final days were like.

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Elvis and Priscilla

Priscilla was only 14 years old when she met Elvis. He was ten years older than her and already a superstar. They courted for eight years, then got married in 1967. Even while married, Elvis was known to have affairs with other women, including his co-stars.

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A year after their wedding, Priscilla gave birth to their first and only child, Lisa Marie. The couple ended up getting a divorce in 1973, at which time Elvis was already highly dependent on drugs. His constant infidelity also played a part in their separation.

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Elvis Presley passed away in 1977, at the age of 42, and despite the fact that they were no longer married, Priscilla was with him in his final days.

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What his last days were like for those around him

Elvis was deeply addicted to prescription drugs. Priscilla is now talking about the heartbreak of how his addiction led to his tragic death.

Fox News reported that Priscilla, who was one of the producers of a documentary that pays tribute to Elvis, titled Elvis Presley: The Searcher, opened up about her ex-husband's substance abuse problems during the film's debut in Texas.

It was difficult for all of us. We certainly didn’t see it coming, But we certainly saw the journey he was taking.

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She went on to talk about Elvis' penchant for refusing to listen to those around him when they gave advice.

People go, ‘Well, why didn’t anyone do anything?’ Well, that’s not true. People there in the inner group did, but you did not tell Elvis Presley what to do. You did not. I mean, you’d be out of there faster than a scratched cat. They would try and no way. He knew what he was doing.

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During the debut which took place at the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW), Priscilla revealed that Elvis began to depend on pills when he was in the US Army and stationed in Germany.

They gave them to the soldiers over there to keep them awake. He was on guard at that time. He had maneuvers that he had to do late at night, so the pills were given to the guys, and that’s how he started. And if you take a sleeping pill, you have to do something to get yourself awake. … He was in unchartered territory, he truly was, and he did this and tried to do this alone.

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The documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher chronicles the singer's early days, growing up, and the final recording session he did at the Jungle Room of his Graceland estate, in Tennessee.

How did Elvis die?

The rock and roll legend passed away in his home. He collapsed in the aftrnoon of August 16, 1977. He was taken to a hospital, but doctors could not revive him.

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An autopsy stated that Elvis died from a heart attack. But a couple of months later, a toxicology report told a different story. Apparently, Elvis had up to 14 drugs in his system and at dangerously high levels.

Elvis' personal doctor, Dr. George Nichopoulos, however, maintained that Elvis died from natural causes and not a drug overdose. An investigation into Elvis' death and Dr. Nichopoulos began following the toxicology reports.

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Evidence later showed that Dr. Nichopoulos wrote Elvis prescriptions for at least 8,805 pills, tablets, vials, and injectables during the singer's last months. The doctor insisted that he only did that to help Elvis battle his addiction to painkillers.

Dr. Nichopoulos was arrested and charged with prescribing excessive amounts of drugs in 1980, but was later acquitted. He passed away in February 2016, at the age of 88.

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