The Forbes List and Elvis’ domination of it
given that Elvis sold his entire catalog to RCA in 1973 to refinance his divorce, it’s more impressive that he has dominated this list – since his estate only collects on the recordings from 1973 to 77, the movies, tv shows – but the majority is from lawsuits, licensing and graceland tourism.
Early on, a meticulous dissection of the body revealed what Elvis did not die from. It was not heart failure, stroke, cancer, or lung disease— the usual killers.
It also confirmed what his doctors already knew: Elvis was chronically ill with diabetes, glaucoma, and constipation.
As they proceeded, the doctors saw evidence that his body had been wracked over a span of years by a large and constant stream of drugs.
They had also studied his hospital records, which included two …admissions for drug detoxification and methadone treatments.
Over time, Elvis had, in effect, been poisoned. T
he bloated body, the puffy eyelids, and the constipation reflected the slow death. They prepared multiple specimens from the corpse’s fluids and organs to be identified anonymously and sent to several well-respected laboratories across America for analysis.
Chances seemed high that Elvis had, in fact, overdosed.
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