Medicine: Junkie King

Presley as a popper

After Elvis Presley was found dead on his bathroom floor in Memphis on Aug. 16, 1977, the county medical examiner ruled that the king of rock 'n' roll had died of natural causes. The verdict: cardiac arrhythmia, perhaps brought on by longstanding hypertension and atherosclerosis. But rumors, fed by a toxicology study showing traces of at least ten prescription drugs in his body, soon circulated depicting Presley as a medication junkie who had fallen victim to his habit. There was even talk of a "drug trailer" with a live-in nurse...

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