Elvis Presley dead: Priscilla Presley ‘I still love him decades after death’
Fans of the King of Rock and Roll celebrate Elvis Presley in Elvis Week commemoration. This event coincides with the anniversary of the death of the star, namely on August 16, 2022. The king died in 1977 of cardiac arrest. He was found in one of the bathrooms in his Graceland home by his then-fiancée, Ginger Alden.
He left behind his only child, Lisa Marie Presley, and his ex-wife Priscilla Presley, who was still a big part of his life.
Even decades after Elvis’s death, Priscilla has been an avid supporter of the star.
In 2016, she confessed that he was still a part of her daily life.
She said: “I love him. I still love him. I never didn’t love him. Ever.”
She added: “I feel like I never really left him. And he knew that. He knew that.” (Via The Sydney Morning Herald)
While Priscilla still looks fondly at Elvis and his life, she was really struggling at the time of his death.
In 1977, when Elvis died, Priscilla was separated from him for four years.
They broke up after his drug use and affairs spiraled out of control. But their relationship remained intact. They still spoke often and of course they shared custody of Lisa Marie.
In Priscilla’s 1985 memoir, Elvis and Me, she revealed exactly what she was doing when she learned of Elvis’s death.
“I locked myself in the bedroom,” she revealed. “And left instructions that I wouldn’t talk to anyone, that I wanted to be alone.”
“We had grown closer and had more understanding and patience for each other than we had in our married life,” Priscilla confessed. “We even talked about a day… And now he was gone.”
She gave more details about their relationship later in the memoir.
She explained: “Elvis and I were very close, even after we divorced. He would still come to my house. I would still sit on his lap. He would still call me my pet names that he gave me. He would still come to my house at two in the morning and talk for hours, and when I went to Graceland, it was the same.”
While Priscilla was extremely distraught over Elvis’ death, his fiancée was especially devastated.
Ginger, the actress and model, was 20 years younger than Elvis. And after his death, she revealed how special their connection was.
She wrote in her own memoir: “On the day he proposed to her, he said, ‘Ginger, I’ve been looking for love for so long, and never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I could find it in my own backyard. I’ve been 60 percent happy and 40 percent happy, but never 100 percent. I’ve loved before, but I’ve never been in love. Ginger, I’m asking you, will you marry me?’”
She added: “Elvis reached out around his back. Inside was a small green velvet box. Almost overcome with emotion, my voice trembled. ‘Yes,’ I succeeded. Our relationship had been so intense as if he wanted me to know almost everything about him in a short amount of time. I felt like I had found my soul mate.”
She added that her last day with Elvis was full of hope.
“[He] was looking forward to many things,” Ginger said. “Marriage, more kids, serious movies, and his next tour.”