The death of Elvis Presley sent ripples through the world. The sadness, like The King’s influence, went far beyond the music world. His image, patriotism, and discography helped to mold the world around him. August 16, 1977, remains one of the saddest days in American history.
As with most major events, several legends have sprung up around the death of Elvis Presley. At the time, doctors thought he died of an overdose. This was later proven wrong. However, many still believe it to be true. At the same time, the exact time of his death is debated. Some say he died at Baptist Hospital. On the other hand, some believe that he died in the bathroom at Graceland. The latter is one of the most widely spread details about Elvis’ death. One question remains, though. Who was with the King when he died?
Did Elvis Presley Die Alone?
The answer to this question depends on when you believe Elvis Presley died. On one hand, if you believe that he died at Baptist Hospital, then he died surrounded by medical professionals and possibly Ginger Alden, his then-fiancée. Paramedics and doctors worked for nearly an hour to revive him. But, he was gone. So, he was pronounced dead at the hospital. This is why some say that he died there.
However, if you believe that he died in the bathroom at Graceland, that changes things. If this is the case then he did, indeed, die alone. In a way, at least. Ginger Alden, his fiancee at the time, was living at Graceland with the King at the time of his death, according to “Express.”
Alden wrote about the moment that she found The King’s body in her 2014 autobiography. She said it looked like Elvis Presley’s body froze in a seated position before he fell forward off of the toilet. “It was clear that, from the time whatever hit him to the moment he had landed on the floor, Elvis hadn’t moved.”
So, Elvis Presley was technically alone in the room when he died. On the other hand, the woman he loved was in his home with him. In fact, she was most likely within earshot of The King when he was called Home. So, he wasn’t truly alone.
Elvis Presley’s death left a hole in the heart of America. It is impossible to track the amount of sorrow that his passing caused. On the other hand, it is comforting to know that he wasn’t far from at least one of the people that he truly loved when his soul left his body.