Death On The Throne: The Passing Of Elvis Presley

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On August 17th, 1977, newspaper headlines across the country, proclaimed the shocking news: The King is dead.

Twenty-seven years ago today, Elvis passed away. Elvis Aaron Presley -- the poor, ambitious, rebellious young man from Tupelo, Mississippi, who gyrated









Headlines like this shocked fans around the world.





himself to the top of the fledgling rock and roll industry in the mid 50s; who helped define and refine its essence for two more decades; and who became increasingly eccentric, isolated and unable to handle his mega-star status -- Elvis Aaron Presley had died at 42 of cardiac arrhythmia, a severely irregular heartbeat or heart attack. His millions of fans wanted immediate answers, wondering how such a thing could possibly have happened to one so previously blessed with good fortune.

At first, conflicting reports circulated throughout the media of how Elvis had met his end, and who had discovered him in his Graceland bathroom. Initial accounts had Joe Esposito, his road manager, discovering Elvis' body fully clothed in pajamas, face up on the floor of the bathroom, around 2:30 on the afternoon of August 16th. Elvis was rushed to the emergency room at Memphis Baptist Hospital, where Jay Francisco, the Shelby County medical examiner, pronounced him dead at 3:30. It was speculated that he might have been dead as early as 9:00 that morning. The only drugs detected in his system were those prescribed by his personal physician and friend, Dr. George Nichopoulos, for hypertension and for a colon blockage (an affliction that hospitalized the singer twice in 1975). A drug overdose of any kind was quickly ruled out.

But a different set of details eventually emerged. To protect Elvis's young fiancé -- a novice actress named Ginger Alden, to whom he was to be married on Christmas Day later that year -- the sequence of events was altered. What actually happened was this: Elvis, who had been unable to sleep, had played racquetball most of the night and early into Tuesday morning (around 6:30). He then told Ginger, who had a separate bedroom and bath, that he was going into his bathroom "to read" for a while. The book he took in with him, interestingly enough, was The Face Of Jesus, by Frank Adams.

It was Ginger who discovered him around 1:30 in the afternoon that day, after he did not respond to her queries at his bathroom door. Finding it unlocked, she pushed on it and encountered him laying on the floor, facedown in a pool









Ginger Alden, Elvis' fiancé, the first to discover the King that fateful morning.





of vomit, his pajama bottoms around his ankles. To spare the distraught woman's feelings and ease her emotional burden, the discovery story was somewhat sanitized in its initial release to the press, particularly regarding the part she had played in the traumatic event, his state of undress and the bodily function in which he had surely been engaged. Only later did it become common knowledge that Elvis had died while trying to defecate.

In his 1999 biography Careless Love: The Unmaking Of Elvis, author Peter Guralnick emphasizes that "it was certainly possible that (Elvis) had been taken while straining at stool"; and Shelby County medical examiner Dan Warlick also indicated that it appeared Elvis had been stricken while seated on the toilet before falling off, crawling several feet, throwing up and dying.

Autopsy results later released to the general public did nothing to discourage this scenario. The singer's heart was enlarged with a significant amount of coronary atherosclerosis, there was extensive liver damage, and the large intestine was clogged with fecal matter, indicating a chronic and painful bowel condition. Elvis's former aide and bodyguard Delbert "Sonny" West would later complete the distressing and graphic picture of the King's physiological torment in a widely-circulated newspaper interview, revealing that his employer's drug habit was "so strong that he had to take pills to get up in the morning, to regulate his bowel movements, to sleep and to perform."

"He took every possible pill you can think of," West continued, "including pain pills during the day. Demerol and morphine shots (with









An actual photo of Elvis' bathroom Pretty swanky!





syringes) for the downs. And a very strong pain medication intended for terminally-ill cancer patients for a pleasant high."

Although these drugs were not in his system at the time of his death, the damage done to his cardiovascular system by dependence upon such substances -- along with a lifetime of extravagant and unhealthy nutritional habits (he was at least thirty pounds overweight when he died) and a previously documented intestinal blockage -- all point to the 'straining at stool' scenario (surely without success) as the probable impetus for his fatal arrhythmia. (His pajamas pants around his ankles, of course, are a dead giveaway.)

Researching this story in the Tupelo library, I was struck by the irony of one of the first newspaper headlines I encountered in the vertical file: "Death Won't Dethrone The King." That particular banner, which heralded an affectionate tribute to his career and made no reference to the manner in which Elvis had died, was more prescient than the headline writer could ever have imagined.

We PoopReporters know better than to take this bodily function for granted. For many of us, and certainly for Elvis, it can be a source of great consternation and travail; but while we joke and share our stories about it, it was straining on the porcelain throne that caused The King to abdicate his reign over rock n' roll.

232 Comments on "Death On The Throne: The Passing Of Elvis Presley"

Anonymous's picture

Wow! 2012.

Anonymous's picture

Elvis Presley decided to leave, how could he just walk away & not tell anyone he was leaving? What about my generation? Who do we have to look up to? Well I'm sure he had his reasons & I'm also sure he spent a heck of a lot of $$ starting his new life.

At least they still play his movies on cable & there's a few on Netflix & I'm lucky enough to have some of the early albums from his best movies. GI blues is my favorite. It's the first stereo album from RCA. If you haven't heard these, I suggest you find an original as the sound quality is truly amazing compared to CD's of today.

I can understand taking a vacation but dang he hasn't toured since the 70's but he did play a small part in a Christmas movie in 1990, his 10 seconds of fame.

Anyway you like it, apple pie is the best.

Anonymous's picture

I drove 3 hours to Memphis on a Tuesday night to see the performance. It was well worth it!

I love seeing old favorites and the routines. Worried about that rickety wall and cell wall! Memphis audiences were very appreciative.

There was silence during Melanie's solo except for one "marry me Melanie" (no joke). As I drove back 3 hours that night,(work the next day) I was glad I came and it was worth the wait.

Anonymous's picture

Elvis was NOT the King.....nor never will he be.....the King is yet to come....and if your NOT ready to behold him you will be all shook up.....you will then feel your tempture raising.....then you will know who was and IS the King...and how great thou art.....yea he is KING (JESUS CHRIST) ALWAY'S HAS BEEN King ALWAY'S will be KING !!!

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Anonymous's picture

You ain't nothin but a round log

Squat-n-leaveit's picture
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Gee AC... Just checked in the mirror. According to your description, I'm dead! Hope nobody else notices.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I was rereading all the amusing posts here. I can't help but comment on the concept of death with dignity. When you die, your body turns a gruesome waxy yellowish color, blood in dependent areas turn them a livid purple. Your sphincters call it quits and you have postmortem pee leakage and the death shits. Unless of course you are constipated when the reaper arrives. Shortly thereafter your eyes turn a milky color, your flesh them commences to rot, and the undertaker charges your relatives a shitload of money for putting you in a box (or giant EZ bake) to get rid of you. Just a thought.

The Hit Man's picture

As the time flies
On warm day sometime after noon
Another American legend grew
In the bathroom
Of how he lay there
The floor around him covered with sick
His ass bunged up
with a bin full of shit
In the bathroom...

Anonymous Coward's picture

Wise men say. Only fools rush in.
But I can't help falling off the john.

Anonymous Coward's picture

"Train I ride...is sixteen coaches long...

Bryan Orlando's picture

Elvis,
This shouldn't have happened to you. Your'e an inspiring man and I play my guitar with my band because of you. The world needs you back king.

Rest in peace from your humble admirer Bryan Orlando

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Only once, with Michael Jackson's mom

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WOW....this thread is tickling the funny bone..Daphne, your poem deserves a Pultzer Prize....
Ease up Cindy, I have compassion for you, Elvis, El Vez, and the thousands of Elvis impersonators conducting weddings in Vegas bathrooms.

This story raises several issues:
1. Was Elvis a "shameless" or "shameful" shitter?
2. If an Elvis impersonator who drove from Reno to Jackson City through two hours of snowstorm for a post-wedding party, who entered the door with a large herpe on his lip, needed help with his karaoke but kissed and gave out scarfs to all the unaffected elders....if this man said "where's the bathroom?", wouldn't you be suspiscious?

Certainly, everyone who witnesses the King as he lay there must have experienced a profoundness that YOU OR ME could ever fathom!

On the racist thing, It raises yet another question:
3. Did Elvis fuck any women other than white?

Somethin' mysterious made an exit from the gift shop.

Cindy's picture

It is a real shame that people today don't have a shred of respect or sympathy for anyone. I have a terrible digestive disease that I've almost lost my life to twice. I have great sympathy for this poor tortured man.....All of you that make fun of him should have to live with one of these terrible digestive diseases and then you'll see how NOT funny it really is....RIP Elvis, I miss you♥

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To The Big Wiper, you sir are a mountebank four flushing charlatan, if you were a true Southern Gentleman you'd keep your comments confined to yourself!

To Daphne, you just wish you looked a fraction as good as this South Belle!

P.S. What southern gentleman watches "Dancing with the Stars" anyways, shouldn't you be out hunting Possum, or are you one of the twinkly old gits?

Anonymous Coward's picture

It is a sad place the world has come to.
No matter how a person dies-they deserve dignity. Death comes to everyone-you do not pick the time, the place, and unless you commit suicide-you do not pick the cause.
Everyone here who is so flippant about death-will meet it someday-lets hope others have more taste than some of you when describing it.

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Lissa Marie must be hard up for money to offer an item like this.

What a respectful way to memorialize your dad.


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Be on the lookout this August for the new Elvis Potato Head. The first version will be clad in a jumpsuit, with another version dressed in black leather due out for Christmas.

Elvis Gets His Own Potato Head

When you say the word “poop,” your mouth makes the same motion your butthole does when pooping…
The same can be said for the phrase “explosive diarrhea.”

John Arcana's picture

For Elvis Presley Fans Worldwide one of the greatest Elvis Presley Historians and Elvis Collectors named Jeffrey Schrembs has been taken ill and we hope he fully recovers. Time is short and we are losing so many of the core fans and friends of Elvis Presley and then who will be left to tell the truth?
Thanks to Jeff for all he has done for Elvis Fans for so long and for helping and giving toso many charities without claiming fame or fanfare.

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Thanks for the warning Jack. Defiantly do not want to change my name to "Squat-N-Strain!

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I don't know about peanut butter, Squat. But when Little Schitt had the runs, the doc told us to give him bananas to help firm up his turds. Also a friend's son would get painfully plugged up if he ate 'naners.

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I don't think a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich would be constipating. Time for an experiment.

MSG's picture
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Good question, EL! Of course it does; and your coat of arms could show a coprolite being borne aloft in triumph by an Egyptian scarab (dung beetle).

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I was born on the day the King died. Does that make my birthstone a coprolite?

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Yeah, elvisfan, I hate Jay Leno too. Always making fun of dead people...and sometimes live people. Insensitive bastard.

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"One of the founding members of the Front Page Hyena Pack, and runs as its alpha male when the urge strikes him, which is often." Daphne (one perceptive chick)

elvisfan4ever's picture

There will always be people who poke fun at Elvis who have no compassion or regards for other people who pass away.There will always be bullies from childhood to adults.They only know how to show their different methods of cruelty.These people are like flies or cockroaches of the earth.They really serve no purpose except to torment the living and the dead!

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i like this site. i was depressed before i read it; now i can't stop blowing milk out my nose. the funniest people are the angry elvis fanatics - especially the one's who worship elvis for his intellect, and hope to attain his level of intelligence, as you can see from their grammatical achievemants.

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OK, this is the meaty gist of the news item Elvis found ...

......"According to Nichopoulos, an autopsy revealed that Presley's colon was 5-6in in diameter (whereas the normal width is 2-3in) and instead of being the standard 4-5ft long, his colon was up to 9ft in length.

"We didn't realise until the autopsy that his constipation was as bad," the doctor said.

"We found stool in his colon which had been there for four or five months because of the poor motility of the bowel."

In 1975, treatment involved removing part of the colon, known as a colostomy, and at the time Dr Nichopoulos was in talks with a surgeon at the University of Memphis to perform the procedure.

However, Presley's ego got in the way.

"He would get embarrassed, he'd have accidents onstage. He'd have to change clothes and come back because of the way we were trying to treat his constipation ," Dr Nichopoulos said.

He also believed that Presley's prominent weight gain in the years prior to his death was not a result of overeating or eating the wrong foods, as they initially assumed.

"The doctor says that Presley's bloated appearance was due to his severe constipation."

The voice of sanity

Elvis Presley's picture

For all the assholes who didn`t believe I died trying to force one out. The truth is out:

the sorry state of my fuckin guts, y`all

ChiefThunderbutt's picture
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Well AC that certainly is why Elvis wasn't seen for a few years no one looked for him in Hawai.
Dis he live in the cellar at Graceland? You would think that one of the countless tourists to that spot would have seen him.


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Anonymous Coward's picture

Elvis died last year on August 29th, 2009

He lived for almost 7 years in Hawai, then Vegas for about 5 years, then back at Graceland for most of his later years.

EPAVR

Monsieur Vagicrumbus's picture

Elvis must have had the widest bumhole in the business. I still remember fondly when I saw Elvis in concert and he did an encore of 'Poo Stained Loos'. There wasn't a dry lav in the house

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No, Chief, from time to time those rag headlines are true. For instance, Joan Rivers likes to tell people she has had 3,456 plastic surgeries, but the 'Enquirer' got it right years ago. She is, in fact, an alien who sells jewelry.


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Bubba Hotep A movie where JFK and Elvis are in the same nursing home, and save the world from zombies. Best Elvis movie ever. And yes Chief, it's all true

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TBW....I am totally disillusioned, I had framed the front cover of The National Enquirer that had a picture of George H W Bush and a space alien and had it hanging in a prominent place in my home, now you tell me it may have been a fake. What about the cover of The Sun that had a picture of a hunter posing with the twenty-five pound grasshopper he had blasted, or the Mexican beetles the size of Sherman tanks that were invading Texas a few years ago? Please don't tell me that they also were faked.


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Eat chilies and feel the burn!!

How long a minute is depends on what side of the bathroom door you're on!

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daph, those trashy magazines are going to make up stuff about the celebs regardless of what they do. Makes me want to barf when I'm at the checkout counter and I see the headlines those rags have plastered all over their covers.

You have to have a thick skin to be famous, but occasionally a celeb will strike back. Years ago, Carol Burnett took the 'Enquirer' to court and won after they accused her of getting drunk at lunch in a Los Angeles restaurant.

One last thought about Priscilla: I would have thought she was smarter than to fall for that charlatan's bag of tricks. Singlehandedly, she revived Elvis' estate, and she and Lisa Marie are set for life. She charges people $40 to go through Graceland. Multiply that by the thousands that go through daily, weekly and monthly, and you've got a mint. She's a smart businesswoman but did not do her research about those silicone injections.

And I still think she didn't need anything done. After Elvis died and she got rid of those beehive hairdos and vampire mascara eyes he made her wear, her natural beauty came out. She was breathtaking, and with those high cheekbones and great bone structure, she was one of those who was aging well.


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Pulling My Pants Down For Peace, Plop and Posterity!

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If Elvis would have gyrated his hips to ease the flow, he'd still be with us today !

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It's not like Priscilla Presley had tons of work done, and that was my point. She went in to have something that should have been minimal work done to her face and ended up being scarred for life. I don't think her desire to have a small amount of work done was out of the ordinary.

It seems to be double-edged sword to be famous. If you let yourself age normally, your pictures end up in People Magazine with captions about your wrinkles and had bad you look. If you do get work done, People Magazine put pictures of your scars up with captions about the fact that you've had work done, like you're a criminal. We expect them to age, but we expect them to age well. Not everyone ages well.

Thank Goodness I'm an obsolete forty-something. No one cares what I look like.


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The thing is, daph, that Priscilla looked just great before she made this ill-advised choice. Her eyes, cheekbones and smile were always winning, and she didn't need any 'work.' She was blessed in this regard but turned her back on what she inherited.

I think the problem with celebs who have too much plastic surgery done is that they have too much money to fritter away. Michael Jackson ended up looking like a combination drag queen/burn victim because of his addiction to PS.

There are so many legit uses of PS, particularly the reconstructive part of it that truly helps people survive some horrendous injuries, birth defects, diseases and accidents.
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Actually, I feel bad for Priscilla Presley. She didn't go nuts on plastic surgery, it went nuts on her.

She was one of a few celebrities who listened to a doctor who claimed that he had the fountain of youth, only to be juicing clients up with mechanic-grade grease.

What "doctor" Daniel Serrano claimed was a great anti-aging product was actually a substance so far off the grid that it was only approved for cars.


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I think it was 1953, Watched Hank Williams sr. sing "Move it on over" Classic, (Well... Classic now) 12 bar blues rock and roll. I liked it! If Hank was not the "king," he certainly was the "Pioneer" of rock.

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It is indeed amazing, Bilge, that the Elvis Candlelight Patrol emerges every year on his birthday to rant and rave and deny the truth about the way he died. The ECP, by the way, are the folks that appear outside Graceland with candles every year, holding a vigil in hopes that he might appear out of the sky and give another concert.

BTW, did any of you catch Priscilla on 'Dancing With The Stars' a season or two back? She went from being one of the most beautiful women in the world to a freak show. She had silicone actually injected into her face so that she can't smile or move her muscles naturally anymore. The silicone can only be removed by having it cut out. Just a disaster!

Must have been some of that bad advice she got during that six-month period when Michael Jackson was 'married' (ahem!) to Lisa Marie.

Pulling My Pants Down For Peace, Plop and Posterity!

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Every year, on his birthday, and the anniversary of NOT shitting himself to death, the freaks come out and tell us how great Elvis was....yeah we get it...get over it, the fat fuck is dead, or in hiding...move on with you pathetic little lives.

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Ya know what Elvis was a great guy and those of you who stoop to the low life that you are and talk shit ..make sure you know a little bit of what you are talking about!!!! this is the shit that pisses me off ..all yall know that if you could have had the chance to trade places with him early in the day you wouldve done it!!!your all just mad cuz u aint shit that he wiped from his ass!!!!

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I love it Chief, Brava!
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A well I bless my soul
What's wrong with me?
I'm itching like a man on a fuzzy tree
My friends say I'm actin wild as a bug
I'm in pain
I'm all stopped up
Mm mm oh, oh, yeah, yeah!

My hands are shaky and my knees are weak
I can't seem to stand on my own two feet
Who do you thank when you have such luck?
I'm in pain
I'm all stopped up
Mm mm oh, oh, yeah, yeah!

Please don't ask me what's on my mind
Till I get this log outa my behind
When I'm on the pot that I love best
My heart beats so it scares me to death!

I touched my ass what a chill I got
it was sticking out like a volcano that's hot
I'm sad to say its not my buttercup
I'm in pain
I'm all stopped up
Mm mm oh, oh, yeah, yeah!

My tongue gets tied when I try to speak
My insides shake like a leaf on a tree
There's only one cure for this BODY* of mine
That's to get that turd outta my behind!


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How long a minute is depends on what side of the bathroom door you're on!

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I am working on take off from an old Elvis tune...Brown Suede Shoes.

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Holy shit MMC didn't you know we are beneath them.

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This was a well written treatise, revealing facets I hadn't known, with a perspective only a Poop Reporter could provide. Two sphincters!
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Amazing how all the anon dinks who don't bother to register just so they can call us all assholes are the most supreme philisophical beings.
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