Elvis Presley’s father Vernon thanks fans for support in 1977
The King of Rock and Roll has now been dead longer than he was alive. Elvis Presley died at the age of just 42-years-old on August 16, 1977. But it turns out a makeup artist could tell by his skin that he was destined for an untimely death.
Just six weeks before he died on the toilet upstairs at Graceland, the final recorded footage of Elvis was captured during a meeting with a fan.
Express.co.uk spoke with that fan a couple of years ago, who described just how unwell Elvis was looking.
After all, The King had grown overweight and become addicted to prescription drugs during the seventies.
That fan is Todd Slaughter, the owner of The Official Elvis Presley fan club UK, who revealed a makeup artist, who was also present, predicted the star’s death.
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Meeting Elvis at Indianapolis airport, Todd revealed: “He was laughing his tits off.
“But you try to remember what it was all about. He was saying something funny about Colonel Parker [Elvis’ manager], not offensive or anything like that.
“Of course I did say, ‘When are you going to come [to tour the UK]?’
“But of course by that time you could tell Elvis wasn’t a well guy to say the least.”
Todd continued: “A lady producer from Danish telly was there and she said, ‘Have a close look at him.’
“Our makeup woman says his skin is rather pallor and he looks like he’s got six months to live.’
“And as it turned out it was six weeks.
“I was told this information by a very credible source.”
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Todd added: “I think the timing of Elvis’ demise was quite awful really because the guy was only 42.”
“You can’t blame it on anyone, or on the act.
“It’s the environment of being a star.
“Very few people go through it unscathed.”
On the conspiracy theories that claim Elvis is still alive, Todd said: “Of course he died. He certainly died. He wasn’t living in a Buddhist temple anywhere. He died.
“And I think that’s the reason they put his body on show almost.”
Slaughter was referencing Elvis’ open casket which thousands of people gathered to view at Graceland.
He added: “And then of course it turned out everybody said it was a waxwork, but you’re going to get this nonsense.”
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