Elvi$world: a Trilogy

The Forbes List and Elvis’ domination of it

$55 millionSinger, ActorDied: Aug. 16, 1977Age: 42Cause: Heart attack
Until Michael Jackson’s death, Elvis was the #1 dead earning celeb often earning more than currently touring living celebs.
The year Jackson dies, Elvis was not #2, he was #4 with Jackson at #3 – One of the Rogers?Hammerstien guys was at number one for the one time sale of their catalog and I forget which fashion mogual died that year and his art/sculpture collection was auctioned off.
I call bogus on this, other celeb estates are about what investments they made rather than the person’s own works

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.

not on Elvis’ actual works or his artistic merit or cultural relevance
Two iconic Andy Warhol paintings of Elvis Presley and Marlon Brando sold for more than $151 million at auction in New York, shattering pre-sale estimates by …
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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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After Presley’s death, an effort was launched to protect the reputation of the hospital that had treated him
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No one wanted Elvis to die of drugs like other rock stars.
We took bizarre comfort from the idea that he died at home – in bed according to the early reports.
Then, the truth came out.
Elvis died in the bathroom, like 1000 other Americans every year with early morning heart attacks and/or slip n falls.
I had been waiting a while to read Ginger Alden’s book. I wanted to know what she and Elvis talked about over the ice cream & cookies that were his last meal.
She didn’t mention that.
She did mention Aunt Delta at the funeral who brought Elvis that last packet of pills and the ice cream and cookies no doubt.

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