Elvis Presley died of a heart attack at the age of 42. Though he was visibly ill, he never gave up on making music.
There is no king like Elvis Presley when it comes to rock and roll. The legendary performer and musician captived hearts and mesmerized people for years. His incredible talent, flamboyant stage presence and energy-filled performances were more than enough to make him an all-time favorite. Though life took a slightly different turn during his last days, he still managed to fascinate people with his music.
According to Fox News, the King died due to a heart attack on 16 August 1977. The rock and roll star was addicted to prescription drugs at the time. Even though the official autopsy report by Tennessee’s Chief Medical Examiner Jerry Francisco says that the drugs had nothing to do with his death, many doctors say that the pills were what caused eventually caused the heart attack, according to Town and Country Magazine.
However, nobody anticipated his death this soon. His ex-wife Priscilla Presley opened up about his last days. "It was difficult for all of us, we certainly didn’t see it coming. But we certainly saw the journey he was taking," said Priscilla. Despite the efforts of many including her, he continued the usage due to his condition of insomnia and fear of going to sleep.
“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.”
She added that the Presley became addicted to drugs while he served in the army for two years. “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.”
Though his death was unexpected and sad, his relationship with music remained the same till the very end. His last ever show is just the right evidence of it.
Just six weeks before his unfortunate death, Presley performed in front of 18,000 people at the Rapid City, South Dakota. Though he appearing overweight and ill, he did not compromise on his performance. He sang the song beautifully with his amazing vocals and played the piano simultaneously.
He put on a magical show that many think it was one of his best performances ever. It captured his raw passion and emotion. The rare footage of the performance racked millions of views on Youtube. Many commented on the music video praising his brilliance. "He was still great until his last day in concert, and so human," wrote one. Another wrote, "A showman to the very end. Heavy is the head that wears the crown."