Elvis Presley is still one of the most iconic stars in the USA, despite dying so young. His death came as a massive surprise to fans, but they have remained loyal to him in the years following since. He was not alone when he died, however, but who was with him?
Elvis Presley was not on his own when he died, and many would think perhaps Priscilla, his former wife, would have been there.
They were close even until his death, partly due to the fact they share a daughter Lisa Marie.
However, it was not Priscilla who was at Graceland when Elvis died.
Instead, it was Ginger Alden, his girlfriend at the time who was living in Graceland with him.
A lot of the urban legends about Elvis have been cleared up by Ginger, who has told the story of how she found Elvis in his bathroom.
One of these legends is Elvis died on the toilet, something which Ginger certainly explained in her memoir about her time with Elvis, as well as various interviews.
Speaking in 2014, Ginger said: “Elvis looked as if his entire body had completely frozen in a seated position while using the commode and then had fallen forward, in that fixed position, directly in front of it…
“It was clear that, from the time whatever hit him to the moment he had landed on the floor, Elvis hadn’t moved.”
A handful of others reported at the time of Elvis’ death, this took place in hospital, meaning he may have been found in a bad way at home before being transferred to hospital.
The Daily Express’ Brian Vine, said he died in hospital, with the Express’ front-page story reading: “Elvis Presley, the King of Rock, died in hospital last night after being taken ill at his home.
“The 42-year-old star was found unconscious at his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee.
“He was driven to the Baptist Hospital in a fire brigade ambulance and doctors fought for 30 minutes in a vain attempt to save him…
“Detectives from Memphis police department are investigating the ‘strong possibility that death was a result of an overdose of drugs’.”
Elvis’ cause of death is also something which many disagree on, with some saying it was to do with drugs in his system, while others claim he had an allergic reaction to codeine, which he used due to a dental procedure.
Initially, the coroner released the statement Elvis had died of “cardiac arrest,” with others later claiming he had various health issues such as an enlarged heart which could have added to this.
After various reports, the cardiac incident has been named the cause of death, though it is widely considered to be the case that Elvis’ drug use and other health conditions contributed to the incident.
One thing less complicated was Elvis’ will in which left everything to his daughter, Lisa Marie, with some small amounts going to his father and grandmother.
At the time of his death, however, she was only a child, meaning her mother, Priscilla, acted on her behalf and was a co-executor of the will.
Graceland, Elvis’ home, was turned into a tourist attraction after his death, which helped grow the estate significantly to around $100million (£76.7million) by 1993, which Lisa Marie inherited from the age of 25-years-old, as well as Vernon and Minnie-Mae’s cuts after they died.
While Lisa Marie sold 85 per cent of her estate in 2005, she has held onto Graceland which is still open for tourists today.