Singer Elvis Presley was a beloved artist who died tragically young. And as a result, there are many Elvis conspiracy theories circulating on the internet. Was Elvis Presley murdered? Did he fake his own death? According to official reports, Presley unceremoniously died on the toilet in his bathroom at Graceland on August 16, 1977. The official cause of death was a heart attack, but it was later revealed he had a strong concoction of prescription drugs in his body. Police did not investigate, and photos weren’t taken at the scene because there were no signs of suicide. Foul play was not believed to be a factor either.
Yet, some have never been able to come to terms with his death. It has been a source of fascination since he passed 40 years ago. Elvis death theories range from the plausible to the ridiculous. Many conspiracy theorists think he pretended to die in order to live a life out of the spotlight. Others think he is working undercover with the federal government. Super fans have tracked Presley sightings over the years and often present “evidence” they believe definitively proves the King of Rock & Roll still walks among us. Check out some of the more outrageous theories.
28 Years After His Death, Priscilla Presley Let It Slip That She Recently Spoke To Him
Many believe Presley is still alive because his ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, inadvertently told a talk show audience in 2005 that she recently had a conversation with him. Presley let it slip that she spoke to him while being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey. She was sitting on the couch with their daughter, Lisa Marie, and she said, “He too grew up poor, and that’s exactly what he said the other day.” Did she mean what she said or was is just a Freudian slip? Watch the video, and you be the judge.
His Middle Name Was Spelled Wrong On His Gravestone
Perhaps the proof that Presley faked his death can be traced back to his tombstone. His remains at Graceland are marked with a plaque that says, "Elvis Aaron Presley." When Elvis wrote his middle name, he spelled it "Aron" without the extra "a." This led some to believe that Elvis wasn't actually buried there. However, it appears the King wanted his middle name to be spelled with two "a"s. Graceland spokeswoman Danna Yarmowich told the Associated Press in 1997 that Presley's middle name was originally spelled with one "a" to match his twin brother's, Jessie Garon, who didn't survive birth. Presley always wanted it spelled with two "a"s just as it is in the Bible. When Presley located his birth certificate, he discovered someone had inadvertently spelled it "Aaron" and was happy about it. He then started using two "a"s when he wrote his middle name.
The Mob Ordered A Hit On Him
Actress Suzanna Leigh starred alongside Presley in The King and I: Paradise Hawaiian. Following his death, she heard many conspiracy theories surrounding Presley's death, many of which indicated he was murdered. Prior to his death, Presley was allegedly involved in an FBI investigation and given the codename "Fountain Pen." The fraud case involved billions of dollars and the mafia, and Presley was allegedly an unwitting victim of the scheme. The singer was expected to provide some evidence in the case before his death. According to Leigh, the FBI was tasked with making sure Presley was safe. However, Presley died, and some believe the circumstances surrounding his death were suspect.
A member of Presley's security detail - and a former police sergeant - named Dick Grob is convinced the mob ordered a hit on Presley because they were afraid of the evidence Presley would reveal in court. Grob believes someone inside Presely's inner circle let the killer in the house.
He's In Hiding Due To Death Threats
"I believe that Elvis was forced to go into hiding due to death threats against himself and his family. I also believe that he wants to come back to his fans while there is still time but the powers that be are making more with him 'dead.' I now believe that he is being forced to stay in hiding against his wishes. I want to help him do the ultimate 'Comeback Special.'"