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Elvis Presley killed himself, felt guilt over young lovers: stepbrother

According to Elvis Presley’s stepbrother, the legendary singer took his own life by premeditating the medications that ultimately killed him. In the Amazon Prime documentary “Elvis’ Women,” David Stanley alleges that Presley was unable to cope with the love, hurt, pain, and exposure he was facing and couldn’t carry on any longer. Stanley believes that Presley’s alleged relationships with teenage girls would be exposed in a book, leaving him with no choice but to take his own life. Stanley, who was with Presley at Graceland when he died of a heart attack due to a drug overdose in August 1977, claims that Presley’s guilt over his young lovers pushed him to commit suicide. The documentary, which debuted in May, features interviews with women who claim to have been pursued by Presley at a young age and examines his relationship with Priscilla Presley. Elvis married Priscilla in 1967 when she was 21 and he was 32, and they had a daughter named Lisa Marie Presley the following year before divorcing in 1973. In October, Sophia Coppola’s “Priscilla” will depict the former couple’s relationship. Elvis’ estate has criticized the film, calling it “horrible.”

Elvis Presley’s stepbrother believes the late singer died by suicide.

“He premeditated taking the medications that killed him,” David Stanley alleged in “Elvis’ Women,” a new Amazon Prime documentary about the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll (per Irish Mirror.)

“Love, hurt, pain, exposure — he just couldn’t take it any more,” the 85-year-old claimed.

In the series, which premiered in May, Stanley alleged his stepsibling “couldn’t carry on” amid fears his alleged relationships with teen girls would be laid bare in a book.

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Stanley, pictured above on the left, made the statement in “Elvis’ Women.”
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Stanley, a former member of Presley’s “entourage,” was reportedly in Graceland when the performer died of a heart attack as a result of a drug overdose in August 1977.

“His taste for young girls, aged 15 or 16, made me sick,” the stepbrother claimed in the series, calling it a “miracle” that “Can’t Help Falling In Love” singer wasn’t “busted.”

Stanley then alleged, “He got away with things most people didn’t, because of his money, fortune, fame and power, charisma and magnetism. Elvis could talk the socks off [of] you.”

TheFantasyTimes has reached out to Presley’s estate for comment.

Elvis Presley with a young woman in a car.
The 85-year-old alleged Presley felt guilty over his dalliances with young lovers.
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The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll “couldn’t take it” anymore, Stanley alleged.
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The documentary, which includes interviews with women claiming to be pursued by Presley at a young age, also examines his relationship with Priscilla Presley.


Elvis married Priscilla in 1967 when the actress was 21 and he was 32. They welcomed daughter Lisa Marie Presley the following year before calling it quits in 1973.

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The former couple’s relationship will also be depicted in Sophia Coppola’s “Priscilla,” which is set to premiere in October.

Elvis’ estate has gone on record slamming the upcoming film, calling it “horrible” in a statement Thursday.

“It feels like a college movie,” an official told TMZ. “The set designs are just horrific, it’s not what Graceland looks like.”

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The “Can’t Help Falling In Love” singer died in August 1977.
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Priscilla, for her part, has been supportive of the film, writing on Instagram Thursday, “I am excited about the interpretation of my book by the masterful Sofia Coppola.

“She has such an extraordinary perspective and I have always been such an admirer of her work. I’m certain this movie will take everyone on an emotional journey.”

The businesswoman, 78, and her late daughter also backed Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis,” starring Austin Butler, in June 2022.

“I really didn’t know what to do with myself after I saw it,” Lisa Marie gushed to Entertainment Tonight at the Golden Globes in January, days before her passing. “It was so incredible and so spot on and just so authentic.”

Elvis Presley, Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley
Elvis’ passing occurred four years after his and Priscilla Presley’s divorce.
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Following the singer’s death, Priscilla and her granddaughter Riley Keough engaged in a legal battle over Lisa Marie’s will, finally reaching a million-dollar settlement this month.

“Elvis would be proud,” Priscilla wrote in a statement at the time. “My granddaughter, through her counsel, along with my team worked diligently and tirelessly to resolve all misunderstandings as a family.”

If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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