The King is coming out for another encore — whether he likes it or not.
Nearly 40 years after Elvis Presley’s death, a new tell-all about his life and times alleges that the King of Rock and Roll deliberately overdosed on pills.
It’s called “My Brother Elvis,” and it’s bound to leave fans all shook up.
The book’s author, David E. Stanley, became Presley’s step-brother in 1960 when his mom married The King of Rock and Roll’s widowed father, Vernon Presley.
In it, Stanley, who was 20 years younger than Elvis and moved into Graceland when he was 4 years old, delves deeply and darkly into Presley’s demise.
Stanley, who also worked for Elvis, writes that he last saw Presley on Aug. 14, 1977 — at which time The King told him that he was going away for a few days, but when they next met up, he would be “on a higher plane.” Presley was found dead in his Memphis mansion two days later.
Stanley writes that Presley had “done this on purpose” and recalls wondering why.
According to Stanley, paramedics, family and aides were called to Graceland when Presley died, and they found pills and syringes surrounding The King’s lifeless body. He quickly started shoving the damning evidence into his pockets before police arrived.
Stanley describes a very dark period leading up Elvis’ final days when the singer was on so many prescription pills that his inner circle would stand watch around the clock to help him get to the bathroom. According to Stanley, Elvis frequently couldn’t make the trip, which meant the vigil would turn into a cleanup session.
He also recalls Presley falling asleep at the dinner table leaving him and others to “reach inside his mouth and remove the food.”
Stanley says that after Elvis died, Vernon gave him his final paycheck for working with Elvis and said, “Take care of yourself.” The two spoke only a couple of times before he, too, died a year and a half later.
“My Brother Elvis” comes out on Aug. 16 to coincide with the 39th anniversary of Presley’s death.