(Originally published by the Daily News on Aug. 17, 1977.)
MEMPHIS, TENN. – Elvis Presley, 42, whose twitching hips and incessant snarl rocketed him to celebrity as the aristocrat of stone ’n’ hurl in the 1950s, died yesterday of a heart attack suffered at his pinkish magnificent home unaware the Mississippi River.
Dr. Jerry Francisco, medical investigator for Shelby County, conspicuous the means of death was “cardiac arrhythmia,” an strange heartbeat. He conspicuous that cardiac arrhythmia was another name for “a form” of heart attack.
Francisco conspicuous that a three-hour autopsy had no sign of any other illness and that there was no sign of any drug abuse.
Presley’s personal medicine conspicuous that the thespian had a story of amiable hypertension and some coronary artery illness and that he had taken “some drugs” – but not cocaine, as rumored – for his several ailments.
“Elvis the Pelvis,” whose suit pictures and million-seller hits like “Heartbreak Hotel” and “All Shook Up” had done him a multimillionaire at age 25, was conspicuous passed at 3:30 p.m., one hour after he was found unconscious in a red-carpeted lavatory on the second building of his home. A girl friend, Ginger Alden, 20, also was in the mansion.
As an ambulance sped the 7 miles from his home to Baptist Hospital, his personal physician, Dr. George Nichopoulos, implored repeatedly, “Come on, breathe; exhale for me.”
As the news swept opposite the country, stone ’n’ hurl stations began personification tributes to him. In New York, WCBS-FM stopped reading commercials and played 4 hours of undeviating Elvis songs.
The Memphis write complement was scarcely inept by a vanquish of calls, and hundreds of tears fans fabricated outward Graceland Mansion, where Presley lived like a king.
Presley had been a visit studious at Baptist Hospital over the past few years. There were rumors that he was pang from several incorrigible diseases, but doctors had blamed his ailments on eye trouble, a disfigured colon, and exhaustion.
A matter by Baptist Hospital conspicuous that Presley was found unconscious by his highway manager, Joe Esposito, at 2:30 p.m. and that Esposito, at 2:30 p.m. and that Esposito began emergency efforts after telephoning the fire department.
The ambulance was met at the hospital by a special cardiac detain team, which carried Presley into the emergency room.
“They worked on him for about 20 or 25 minutes,” hospital technician Ulysses Jones said. “They didn’t get any response. That was it. They conspicuous him dead.
Presley, an general star before he reached his 25th birthday, sole some-more annals than anyone in the music courtesy solely the Beatles.
Twin Died at Birth
He was innate Elvis Aron Presley, in a two-room residence in Tupelo, on Jan. 8, 1935, a twin. His brother, Jesse Garon, died shortly after birth.
With his parents, Presley seemed in a renouned singing contingent at stay meetings, revivals and church conventions.
His father, Vernon, purchased a guitar for the child for $12.95, and when Elvis was 13 the Presleys changed to Memphis. He worked as an chaperon in a film house, and after graduation from high school he went to work as a $35-a-week lorry driver.
The Presley career began in the summer of 1953 when he forsaken into the bureau of Sun Record Co. in Memphis and paid $4 to cut a record. He took the record home to play for himself, and there was no idea that he could make it as an entertainer.
A year after he went back to Sun and cut another record, but this time it was for the company instead of himself. It was expelled in the summer of 1954 under the pretension “That’s All Right, Mama,” and drew some area attention.
Listeners remarkable in the strain a new peculiarity – a brew of hillbilly and stone ’n’ roll. He next available son, “Blue Song of Kentucky,” did better.
Enter Col. Parker
Then a intelligent upholder named Col. Thomas Parker took over his government and sent him on debate around the south as “The Hill Billy Cat.”
In 1954, at the annual gathering of the country and western front jockeys in Nashville, the conduct of RCA’s specialities multiplication listened Presley’s annals and obtained his agreement from Sun Records.
RCA pennyless all precedents by releasing his 5 Sun annals concurrently – and story was made. Elvis changed the march of renouned music with such hits as “Hound Dog,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “All Shook Up” and “It’s Now or Never.”
The long-sideburned youth, with undulating hips, lizard eyes, demi-sneer, skin-tight pants, gyrating pelvis and electric guitar, done a sold hole in teenage alertness with the balance “Heartbreak Hotel.”
From 1956 by 1958 the American Bandstand check ranked Presley the nation’s many renouned male singer. He perceived $1 million a piece for 4 successful movies: “Love Me Tender,” “Loving You,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “King Creole.” The pictures, total with his records, done his name a domicile word.
In 1958 Presley began a two-year join in the Army. He served in Bad Nauheim, Germany, where he rose to the arrange of sergeant.
New annals he had done before his initiation were sensibly expelled while he was aboard, and his recognition still was high on his return to municipal life.
Now came a fresh spate of movies: “G.I. Blues,” “Blue Hawaii,” “Fun in Acapulco,” “Viva Las Vegas,” “Harum Scarum,” “Double Trouble,” “Clambake” and “Change of Habit.”
When his cinema started to remove assembly appeal, Parker organised for his dependent to make special TV appearances.
Divorced in 1973
Presley was apropos richer and richer, pushing a Rolls Royce and 5 Cadillacs – embellished white, pink, blue canary yellow and gold. His residence in chased in Bel Air, Calif., were swarming with pinball machines, pool tables and juke boxes.
In 1967 he married Priscilla Ann Beaulieu, and they had a daughter the following year. The couple divorced in 1973.
Presley went into semi-retirement during the late 1960s with 400 million annals and 31 films to his credit.
When he done a brief reappearance in the limelight in 1972, he found his fans still faithful. Dressed in a white-and-gold jumpsuit and garment that had been bestowed on him by a Las Vegas hotel, he achieved to marvellous applause at 4 sellout concerts in Madison Square Garden.
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