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‘He Pulled a Gun on Me’: Elvis Presley’s Stepbrother Reveals The King Was Ready to Kill Him If He Touched His Drugs

“The King of Rock and Roll”, Elvis Presley was one of the most iconic singers who revolutionized the music industry and forever changed the fate of the 20th century. His lightning-fast rise from the humble background of Mississippi to a drug-addled death at the age of 42 is too complicated to capture. However, the last few years of his life were unremarkably tragic and Presley’s stepbrother-cum-bodyguard tells all in an exclusive interview with The Sun.

Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley (1935-1977)

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Elvis Presley’s Rise and Fall in Rock ‘n’ Roll

The King was a cultural icon and a rabble-rouser. Wherever he went, mass hysteria followed. Born on 8 January 1935 in Tulepo, Mississippi, the Suspicious Minds singer released an album, “That’s All Right” with Sun Records in 1955 in Memphis, Tennessee. Followed by his regional success, he signed a bigger label and soon after followed a flurry of singles and global #1 record hits.

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Elvis in his iconic white suit at a concert

Elvis, master of the swinging hips, the dazzling suits, and the iconic hair, reached global fame and the status of “King” in the rock and roll industry with his hit singles: Heartbreak Hotel, Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock, All Shook Up, Can’t Help Falling in Love, and numerous more.

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The King’s Struggle With Addiction

The 70s became an incredibly difficult time for Presley as he was continuously pushed to the brink of exhaustion with little to no creative output. His manager, Colonel Tom Parker, was ruthlessly using him as a “cash cow”, notes David Stanley, the singer’s stepbrother and bodyguard. Although he couldn’t step in or put a stop to the relentless low-budget shows, he did try to help Presley with his addiction that was spiraling farther out of control.

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The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Stanley recalls a conversation between him and Presley where he tried to stop him and the latter pulled a gun on him, saying: “Put the drugs down now.” Stanley revealed that although his brother had the gun to his forehead, he was never afraid:

“I was not afraid because he would never shoot me. But he was dramatically trying to drive home a point that it was his decision. Elvis loved us, but he got addicted and could not beat that. He liked the way he made them feel, couldn’t stop, and it cost him his life.”

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Elvis and Priscilla

Stanley also reveals that the King wanted to do European tours after his return from the Army. Parker, Presley’s manager, disregarded that and several movie deals in exchange for doing cost-effective U.S. tours. This squandered Presley’s dreams and Stanley notes that he felt the drugs were his only faithful companions.

“He was an addict. I’ve worked in that field helping young people with problems, but I’ve never seen anyone be gripped by addiction like my brother.”

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Source: The Sun