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Elvis Presley’s ex slams step-brother’s claim that singer killed himself – TheFantasyTimes

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By Jitin Gambhir

Elvis Presley’s ex slams step-brother’s claim that singer killed himself

Ginger Alden, Elvis Presley’s former fiancée, has criticized David Stanley, the singer’s stepbrother, for claiming that Presley died by suicide. Alden stated in an exclusive email to TheFantasyTimes that Elvis’ step-brothers have changed their stories and fabricated false tales. She specifically referred to Stanley, who created a story about suicide years ago, which he has resurfaced again. Stanley, one of Presley’s stepbrothers, alleged in Amazon Prime’s “Elvis’ Women” documentary that the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll died by suicide. Stanley claimed that Presley “couldn’t take it anymore” and premeditated taking the medications that killed him. Stanley also alleged that Presley was afraid of his alleged relationships with teenage girls being revealed in a book. Presley died of a heart attack at age 42 in 1977.

Stanley initially denied making these comments, but he later issued an apology, stating that he was sorry for the derogatory comments he made in the documentary. Stanley wrote, “There is no excuse for my comments and I can fully understand why you would be angered.” Presley’s three stepbrothers have made a habit of speaking out about the singer, creating a cottage industry.

Alden was just 20 years old when she met Presley, then 41. Presley proposed to Alden after two months of dating, and the pair were set to marry on Christmas Day in 1977. However, on Aug. 16 of that year, just months before the nuptials, Alden tragically found Presley’s body after he died of a heart attack at the age of 42. She disputes the suicide allegations, stating that there was never any indication of suicide. Elvis deserved praise for all that he accomplished and did for others, and this is how he is repaid, which is shameful.

Elvis Presley’s former fiancée Ginger Alden is slamming the singer’s stepbrother David Stanley for claiming that Presley died by suicide.

“Unfortunately Elvis’ step-brothers have changed stories and even fabricated some tales I know to be false over the years,” she exclusively told TheFantasyTimes in an email.

“One brother [of the three] later created a complete garbage story about suicide years back and it looks like he resurfaced with it again.”

Stanley – whose mother was married to Presley’s father, Vernon – alleged in Amazon Prime’s “Elvis’ Women” documentary that the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll died by suicide.

Ginger Alden and Elvis Presley.
Elvis Presley’s former fiancée, Ginger Alden, slammed David Stanley’s claims that the singer died by suicide.
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Elvis Presley stepbrother David Stanley.
Stanley, one of Presley’s stepbrothers, claimed the singer “couldn’t take it anymore.”
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“He premeditated taking the medications that killed him,” the 67-year-old alleged. “Love, hurt, pain, exposure — he just couldn’t take it anymore.”

Even more shocking, Stanley claimed that Presley “couldn’t carry on” amid fears that his alleged relationships with teen girls would be revealed in a book.

“His taste for young girls, aged 15 or 16, made me sick,” the stepbrother claimed in the series, calling it a “miracle” that the “Viva Las Vegas” singer wasn’t “busted.”

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Elvis Presley circa 1977 performing.
Presley died of a heart attack at age 42 in 1977.
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Last week, Stanley angrily denied ever making the comments, calling them “bulls–t” in a since-deleted social media post.

However, days later he issued a statement apologizing.

“I am sorry for the derogatory comments I made in a documentary about Elvis that was filmed last year,” he wrote. “There is no excuse for my comments and I can fully understand why you would be angered.

David, Rick and Billy Stanley and Dee Presley during "Elvis: We Love You Tender" Book Party - January 8, 1980.
Presley’s three stepbrothers have made a cottage industry speaking out about the singer.
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“I love and will always love Elvis and being part of his family. He is more than worthy of the love you have for him. He loved you. I love you and all I can ask of you is for you to forgive me for my irresponsible actions.”

As previously reported, Alden was just 20 years old when she met Presley, then 41, after she and her two sisters were invited to go to Graceland.

At the time, Presley had just recently ended a four-year relationship with songwriter Linda Thompson.

Ginger Alden holding a copy of her book, "Ginger & Elvis."
Alden was only 20 when she first began dating Presley, then 41.
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Despite the singer’s inner circle (dubbed the “Memphis Mafia”) disliking Alden, he proposed after two months of dating. The pair were set to marry on Christmas Day in 1977.

But on Aug. 16 of that year, just months before the nuptials, Alden tragically found Presley’s body after he died of a heart attack at the age of 42.

She says that the pair had “just set our wedding date a few hours earlier on August 16th” and was “looking forward to marriage and announcing our engagement at his last show in Memphis, which didn’t get to happen.”

Elvis Presley, with wife Priscilla and daughter Lisa Marie.
Presley had one child, daughter Lisa Marie, with ex-wife Priscilla.
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Alden, who wrote a book about her time with the “Love Me Tender” star, titled “Elvis & Ginger,“ firmly disputes the suicide allegations.

“Elvis loved life far too much,” she noted. “His daughter [Lisa Marie, who died earlier this year] was nearby, my niece was with her, I was there and his father was home. There was absolutely nothing to indicate suicide, NEVER any ‘letter.’”

She continued, “It isn’t true and simply tabloid gossip. Elvis deserved so much praise in his life for all that he accomplished and did for others and this is how he is repaid, which is shameful.”

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

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