A new tell-all book written by Elvis Presley's stepbrother reportedly reveals the sordid circumstances surrounding the rock and roll icon's death.
David E. Stanley, the singer's stepbrother, writes that Presley died of a deliberate drug overdose in his upcoming book, "My Brother Elvis." Stanley writes that the singer warned him that he would soon be going to a "higher plane" two days before his death on Aug. 16, 1977.
On the day of his death, Presley overdosed on drugs in the bathroom of his Graceland home in Memphis, Tennessee, according to Stanley. When his family and aides found him dead in the bathroom, they allegedly discovered pills and syringes around his body. Stanley writes that he hid the drug evidence in his pockets before police arrived at the scene.
In the book, Stanley shares his conviction that his stepbrother had "done it on purpose."
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He writes that Presley was on so many prescription pills in his final days that his friends and family had to help him use the toilet and clean up the mess when he didn't make it to the bathroom on time, the NY Daily News reported. When Presley fell asleep at the dinner table, family members reportedly had to reach into his mouth to remove the food.
The singer was 42 years old at the time of his death, the Daily Mail reported. He appeared to have died of a heart attack, although some have reportedly suspected that drugs were involved in the death.
Stanley, who is 20 years younger than the singer, moved into the Graceland mansion at the age of 4 after his mother married Presley's widowed father in 1960, according to the NY Daily News. His latest book, which will be released in stores on the 39th anniversary of the singer's death on Aug. 16, is the sixth book that he has written about his late stepbrother.