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Those Who Cared --> Elvis' "Secret" Hospital Visits

Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:05 am

A recent topic on FECC debates that, in the '70s, no one cared about Elvis' growing dependency on prescription drugs. But the historical record indicates something else entirely.

To start, it shows at least six trips to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, between 1973 and 1977, all of which were publicly downplayed, but secretly intended to deal with Presley's personal health crisis, save one exception: Elvis had secret "eye lift" cosmetic surgery, performed by Dr. Asghar Koleyni, MD, on June 15, 1975 (Sun) at Baptist Memorial, and was home no later than June 17 (Tue).


June 1973
October 15 - November 01, 1973
(17)
January 29 - February 13, 1975 (17)
June 15 - June 17, 1975 (2)
August 21 - September 05, 1975 (16)
April 01 - April 05, 1977 (5)


Of note, at the fall 1981 felony trial of Dr. George Nichopoulos, Elvis' primary personal doctor since 1967, internal medicine specialist Dr. Alvin Cummins detailed three different stays at Baptist Memorial Hospital:



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Meriden Record-Journal - Saturday, October 24, 1981



The first 1973 hospital visit is a bit murky. Was it in Lake Tahoe or Memphis? When was he there? It's hard to pin down, at least in the media. Just one report surfaced in early June, about three weeks after Elvis cancelled the last four days of his Lake Tahoe booking in May, eight shows total:



Elvis Recovering From Congestion

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ("AP) - Entertainer Elvis Presley is recuperating at his Memphis home from lung congestion.

It was reported on Thursday that Presley had been flown to Memphis after the condition had forced him to cancel the final three days of a show at a Lake Tahoe, Nev., hotel.

A spokesman said Presley plans to resume his schedule on June 12 with a personal appearance tour of eight cities.

Van Wert Times-Bulletin - Friday, June 8, 1973
https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/36179004/





His October 1973 hospital stay, far more serious than reported at the time, was given an optimistic report about a week in:



People in the news

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Singer Elvis Presley, recuperating from recurrent pneumonia in a Memphis hospital, is becoming "restless and bored," his father says.

"He is ready to get out of the hospital as soon as the doctors give him the release," Vernon Presley said Tuesday.

"His lungs are clear and he is gaining back his strength."

He said Presley was given extra tests and a complete physical examination while in the hospital.

Greeley Daily Tribune - Thursday, October 25, 1973
https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/25186461/





In January 1975, we read of his entering the hospital yet again, and an updated reason for the mysterious June 1973 visit:



Presley Enters Memphis Hospital

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Singer Elvis Presley, who reportedly is concerned about a weight problem, has been hospitalized for what is described as several days of tests. Maurice Elliott, vice president of Memphis Baptist Hospital, said details on tests or treatments planned for Presley were not known.

Presley was ushered into a suite on the 18th floor about 4 a.m. Wednesday, but there was no explanation of whether the timing was because of illness or an attempt to avoid publicity.

Elliott said there might be a further report today from Presley's physician, Dr. George Nichopoulos. The paper also said Presley's last stay at Baptist Hospital in June of 1973 was not to treat pleurisy, as then reported, but was related to the liver problem.

"We don't have much information, really," Elliott said. "His physician told me Presley will be in the hospital for several days for a general medical workup, but nothing more."

Meanwhile, the Memphis Commercial Appeal quoted a Presley source as saying the singer has a liver issue.

"Elvis has a liver problem that has nothing to do with alcohol. Elvis does not drink. The purpose of the hospital stay is to try and diagnose the nature of the ailment," the newspaper quoted the unidentified source as saying.

The newspaper said its source stated that one effect of the ailment was a swelling or puffiness in the face. Presley turned 40 on Jan. 8, but did not make public appearances at the time.

Sources said then he was worried about his appearance and weight. The newspaper said doctors are also checking to see what effect an injection of steroids combined with acupuncture might have had on the entertainer. The source said Presley underwent such a treatment on the West Coast because of a pain in his arms.

Presley spent 18 days at the hospital in late October and November of 1973 to recuperate from what was described as a bout with pneumonia. Presley's present agenda calls for him to open a two-week engagement at a Las Vegas hotel on March 18, to be followed by a 12-day tour starting April 26.

The final stop is scheduled for May 5 at Jackson, Miss., where Presley is to do a benefit for victims of a Jan. 10 tornado that struck McComb, Miss.

White Plains Journal News - Thursday, January 30, 1975
https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/162962371/





About a week later, Elvis dad also went to the hospital, talk about a stressful time!



Presley's Dad Hospitalized Too

Memphis, Tenn. (UPI) - Vernon Presley, 59-year-old father of singer Elvis Presley, joined his son in a Memphis hospital yesterday alter complaining of chest pains.

The elder Presley was admitted to Baptist Hospital's coronary unit so his heart could be electronically monitored.

A hospital spokesman said the elder Presley's "symptoms showed he could have suffered a mild heart attack."

The singer, who was admitted to the same hospital Jan. 29 for tests which later revealed an intestinal blockage, still is listed' in satisfactory condition.

His personal physician, Dr. George Nichopoulos, said the millionaire entertainer should be able to return to his palatial Memphis home in the next few days.

Indianapolis Star - Thursday, February 6, 1975
https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/107174018/





About a week after that, he was home again:



Presley Home

MEMPHIS. Tenn. (AP) - Singer Elvis Presley is home from the hospital under the same rule he used when he was hospitalized: secrecy.

Officials of Baptist Memorial hospital said Friday that Presley was discharged late Thursday without announcement of his release.

The singer returned to "Graceland," his mansion in South Memphis.

Presley entered the hospital in secrecy Jan. 29 for tests and treatment of an intestinal blockage.

Doctors have said the singer's condition results from a twisted colon.

A spokesman for Presley said Friday that the singer is "improved and up and about, although he is not completely recovered."

Mexico Ledger - Saturday, February 15, 1975
https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/1980594/





Two news reports on Presley's August 1975 hospitalization (""We can't find much wrong with him" ... "no cause for alarm") called the stay in June 1973 due to pleurisy (an inflammation of the lining of the lungs and chest [pleura] that leads to chest pain when you take a breath or cough), despite the January AP report above:



Elvis is '40, overweight, exhausted' and hospitalized

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (UPI) Elvis Presley, whose famed swivel hips have been a little pudgy lately, is 40 years old, overweight and exhausted.

He canceled a two-week engagement in Las Vegas this week after three days and reserved room at the Baptist Hospital today for treatment of fatigue, according to his doctors.

"He just got very tired and fatigued and we thought it would be best if he cut his show here short this time rather than run into complications," said Dr. Elias Ghanem, the singer's Las Vegas physician.

"We can't find much wrong with him," Ghanem said. "One of the liver enzymes is elevated and what he needs is rest."

It will be the fifth hospital stay since 1973 for the millionaire entertainer, who is heavier than in his early days and reportedly is on a crash diet.

"We hope to have additional information by tomorrow (Friday)," said Presley's Memphis physician, Dr. George Nichopoulos, who was with the singer in Las Vegas and flew home with him Thursday. Nichopoulos refused to elaborate.

Presley opened at the Las Vegas Hilton Monday night and had scheduled performances through Labor Day. At the suggestion of his doctors, however, he canceled the engagement after Wednesday night's performances.

Presley did one show opening night and two shows each Tuesday and Wednesday, but observers said he appeared tired Wednesday night, occasionally resting on a stool when he was not the featured part of the act.

Maurice Elliott, an assistant administrator at Baptist Hospital, said Presley would be given a suite of rooms on the lop floor of the 18-story hospital. The hospital reportedly has relocated some other patients on that floor to accommodate Elvis.

"We always know he's coming but we never know exactly when," said one nurse late Thursday.

Last January, Presley occupied that suite for two weeks when he suffered what Nichopoulos described as an intestinal blockage caused by a "twisted colon." After Presley was released, Nichopoulos said the problem responded to treatment, but he refused further comment.

Presley also entered the Mid- South Hospital for treatment of an "eye problem" but stayed only two days. Nichopoulos refused to elaborate on that hospitalization.

He also entered Baptist in June 1973 for what was reported as pleurisy, and returned to the hospital in October of that year for what Nichopoulos said was pneumonia.

Bennington Banner- Friday, August 22, 1975
https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/63050350/




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Montreal Gazette - Saturday, August 23, 1975



Just a few weeks later, another newspaper report painted a far darker outlook on Elvis' health:



Presley's doctor hints Elvis may be a sick man
By STAR REPORTER

ELVIS PRESLEY’S career has been threatened by a serious breakdown in his health, the Star learned this week.

After the singer spent two weeks in Memphis Baptist Hospital, guarded by security men and with silver foil at the windows to keep out the sunlight, his physician Dr. George Nichopoulos told the Star: “Right now the unanswered question is about his liver. There have been exhaustive tests and they show abnormalities.

“That’s why we have sent the tests away for further checking and examination to make sure.

“It’s to do with the function of the liver, but other than that I can't discuss the ailment with you, for fear of sparking off the wrong kind of speculation.'’

Then Dr. Nichopoulos added: “We ran cancer tests on him and I can report he is completely free of anything like that.

“There are many things that can go wrong with the liver and I don’t want to talk about it at this stage."

Whatever the nature of his complaint. Presley's health has cast a long shadow across his career.

Dr. Nichopoulos has given him strict orders not to make any appearances for six months. But the work ban could last longer and it is no secret in Memphis that his circle of friends who rely on him for their livelihood are worried about the future.

At 40, Elvis’ health is worrying. In little over two years he has been hospitalized with serious complaints five times.

In June, he was admitted to the Baptist Hospital in Memphis for treatment of glaucoma — a disease of the eyes which can cause blindness.

In January this year, Elvis was rushed to the Baptist Hospital at 5 a.m., doubled over with crippling stomach pains. Dr. Nichopoulos diagnosed the problem as “an intestinal blockage aggravated by a poor diet.

In Las Vegas, Elvis came down with a severe throat ailment. In October and November of 1973, Elvis was again hospitalized for 18 days suffering from pneumonia. Security men stood guard outside Elvis’ room.

Then in June 1973 he suffered an attack of pleurisy. That is nowhere near the end of it.

Dr. Nichopoulos reports that Elvis also suffers from an enlarged colon. “It sometimes causes him shortage of breath,” he said.

And to top it all off, he suffers from high blood pressure. Joe Esposito, Elvis’ road manager and longtime army buddy, is quick to discount any tapering off in his career.

“We will abide by everything the doctor says,” Esposito told the Star, “but really it’s just fatigue. “He’s 40 and no 40-year-old is as active and healthy as he was when he was 20.

“He's in a good frame of mind, he never stops getting interested in girls. But if that ever happens, then I’ll start to worry.”

San Antonio Express - Sunday, September 14, 1975
https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/51455515/





It's odd this report did not seem to resonate at the time. It seems prescient now. And yet, just a few days later in the press, everything was fun and games at home in Memphis:



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Elvis takes Memphis spin on funmobile

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (UPI) - Elvis Presley, resting at home after hospitalization for an enlarged colon and fatigue, felt good enough Monday to go riding down Elvis Presley Boulevard with his girlfriend on twin "funmobiles."

Presley, who usually shies away from interviews, encountered a photographer as he rode through his Graceland Mansion gates on a newly purchased, three-wheeled funmobile. The 40-year-old entertainer had six words for public consumption.

"How are you feeling now, Elvis?" the photographer asked while snapping pictures. "I'm feeling fine," he said.

"You're looking real good," the photographer replied. "Thanks," said Elvis, nodding.

"I guess you're glad to back in Memphis awhile," the photographer said.

"Sure am," Presley said.

Presley then roared off down Elvis Presley Boulevard on his new toy.

Girlfriend Linda Thompson followed on a second funmobile, trailed by a cousin on a third. Presley bought the vehicles in Memphis before traveling to Las Vegas for a two-week engagement.

After three performances at the Las Vegas Hilton, he canceled the show and flew home Aug. 21 to enter Baptist Hospital. The singer's latest hospitalization ended Sept. 5, but Dr. George Nichopoulos said his patient must take it easy for at least three months.

Presley's uncle and gate guard, Vester Presley, said Elvis needs to have some fun and ignore the nurses at Graceland "who don't want him to get outside and get tired out."

White Plains Journal News - Tuesday, September 16, 1975
https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/163388936/





After a cancelled gig in Baton Rouge on Thursday evening, March 31, 1977, done with the entire crowd already seated, Elvis checked into Baptist yet again to deal with his addiction (and avoid any lawsuits for breach of contract):



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Waycross Journal-Herald - Friday, April 1, 1977



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Ocala Star-Banner - Tuesday and Wednesday, April 5 and 6, 1977
Note: Vernon updates the press two days running.
In reality, Elvis actually "discharged himself" and asked cousin Billy Smith come pick him up and take him to Graceland.




Working to arrange all of these visits, for better or worse, was Dr. Nichopoulos. Most know the mistakes he made, personally and professionally, but surely one must also admit he cared about his patient, as evidenced by these repeated examples of professional intervention.

Other people close to him during these times, like Linda Thompson, Billy and Jo Smith, Sheila Ryan, Bobby "Red" West, Jerry Schilling, Delbert West, Alicia Kerwin, Sam Thompson, Al Strada, Ginger Alden, even his father, Vernon, clearly must have also felt compassion and concern.

Perhaps, given the sad events of Tuesday, August 16, 1977, what we may conclude is that the person who really needed to care simply could not. Or would not.



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Leaving the Omni in Atlanta - Tuesday, July 3, 1973



Life is beautiful, but it is never perfect. Count your blessings, and listen to your friends.
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Re: Those Who Cared --> Elvis' "Secret" Hospital Visits

Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:11 am

Interesting read thanks John for posting the articles. I just wish Parker would've tried to step in somehow but I guess with Elvis spending himself into the ground there wasn't much options left. Or perhaps Paker felt it was too late and that Elvis wasn't going too listen to anyone?

Re: Those Who Cared --> Elvis' "Secret" Hospital Visits

Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:26 am

Nice post, John.
Sadly it took until 1981 to truly reveal the reasons behind Elvis' hospital visits... if Elvis only had a little more time, perhaps he could have figured out what he was doing to himself and his career... it was not to be.

Re: Those Who Cared --> Elvis' "Secret" Hospital Visits

Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:57 am

53 days hospitalized in 75 nearly 2 months. Simply an out of control addict by that point. All covered up-hard to believe that the local press didn't know. And no wonder the doctors concluded he was a recidivist addict after trying to dry him out. Thanks for the post.

Re: Those Who Cared --> Elvis' "Secret" Hospital Visits

Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:58 am

Elvis's face looks so slim and young on this picture. Like a candid shot from 1969. The background is more blue than black, but his hair is only black. Are you sure that this picture is not a montage?

Re: Those Who Cared --> Elvis' "Secret" Hospital Visits

Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:01 am

Winston wrote:Elvis's face looks so slim and young on this picture. Like a candid shot from 1969. The background is more blue than black, but his hair is only black. Are you sure that this picture is not a montage?


It's a candid taken as his limousine left the Omni, following his last tour show of 1973.

The look on his face captures the feeling intended for this topic, and it's a true favorite.

Re: Those Who Cared --> Elvis' "Secret" Hospital Visits

Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:11 am

Thank you so much for posting this, Doc.

But although he's pretty slim Elvis really looks completely burnt out on that picture. So sad to look at.

Re: Those Who Cared --> Elvis' "Secret" Hospital Visits

Thu Aug 22, 2013 1:07 pm

Doc, thank you very much. The most enigmatic visit I think was in June 1973, Peter Guralnick wrote in Careless Love that Elvis nearly overdosed in St.Louis on that June tour, but other details he didn't specified. Maybe this was not true because Elvis never cancelled one show in this summer tour, like he cancelled in February 1973 in Vegas and in May 1973 in Tahoe

Re: Those Who Cared --> Elvis' "Secret" Hospital Visits

Thu Aug 22, 2013 3:31 pm

Great info, Doc. Thank you for your efforts. I'm not surprised Elvis made that many trips to the hospital, but I didn't realize he'd spent that many days there. Very interesting.....

Re: Those Who Cared --> Elvis' "Secret" Hospital Visits

Thu Aug 22, 2013 3:55 pm

Thanks Doc.

Really brought home how desperate the situation became at times from 1973 onward. Reading the articles, you'd expect them to have been written about a man in his eighties. Not someone who was just 38.

Re: Those Who Cared --> Elvis' "Secret" Hospital Visits

Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:30 pm

All of which again illustrates that despite the popular common opinion, those around Elvis did try to help him. It's another commonly held view that Linda Thompson would have saved him that fateful morning, but she had already done so more than once. She left because she couldn't deal with his addiction any longer. Red West was unceremoniously dismissed because he confronted not just Elvis but those supplying him. Even then he didn't give up on his friend, and Elvis What Happened was the result.
Despite all those hospital visits, Linda Thompson, Red West, Vernon, even possibly Priscilla and the Colonel to an unknown degree and probably countless others, Elvis still died. He couldn't help himself, and the only wonder is that it didn't
happen sooner.
Good post Doc.

Re: Those Who Cared --> Elvis' "Secret" Hospital Visits

Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:34 pm

:( so sad
thanks for the information

Re: Those Who Cared --> Elvis' "Secret" Hospital Visits

Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:56 pm

Nice topic, thanks Doc. Personally, i think the only person that could've stepped up and put his foot down really hard about this situation is Col. Parker...he's the only one who had the power to do so. He knew all about the drugs, he may not have discussed it with Elvis, but he certainly knew about it. Elvis' erratic behaviour on stage, near overdoses, hospitalizations, he knew what was going on. He could have said to Elvis, "look, there will be no more touring, no more records, no more money coming in unless you sort yourself out". Had he of said this and meant it, Elvis wouldn't have known where to go, he was damned without Colonel. In my view, all this puts the Col in a bad light...weather he was interested in Elvis as a person, i don't know, but it seems he wasn't, thats how it comes across.

Re: Those Who Cared --> Elvis' "Secret" Hospital Visits

Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:57 pm

Good information and a good article, Doc. Thank you.

Elvis was a true addict but addiction is an illness. The patient needs to be treated as such. If i am not mistaken i read somewhere that Elvis once visited a psychiatrist. But he didn't like that approach.
There were many occasions where Elvis had a chance to get help. But he was truly addicted... truly an illness.
So in my view he deserves our empathy instead of the constant knocking down and trashing. Would you like to be trashed and treated rudely if you are sick?

That does not mean one can not watch at Elvis critically. Just put yourself in his shoes.

Re: Those Who Cared --> Elvis' "Secret" Hospital Visits

Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:09 pm

Doc, in August-September 1975 Elvis was in Baptist Memorial Hospital from August 21 to September 5,a total of 15 days. I wish he stayed many longer to fully recover.

Re: Those Who Cared --> Elvis' "Secret" Hospital Visits

Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:12 pm

mysterytrainrideson wrote:Nice topic, thanks Doc. Personally, i think the only person that could've stepped up and put his foot down really hard about this situation is Col. Parker...he's the only one who had the power to do so. He knew all about the drugs, he may not have discussed it with Elvis, but he certainly knew about it. Elvis' erratic behaviour on stage, near overdoses, hospitalizations, he knew what was going on. He could have said to Elvis, "look, there will be no more touring, no more records, no more money coming in unless you sort yourself out". Had he of said this and meant it, Elvis wouldn't have known where to go, he was damned without Colonel. In my view, all this puts the Col in a bad light...weather he was interested in Elvis as a person, i don't know, but it seems he wasn't, thats how it comes across.


I agree that col had the cloud to make this happen. However, Elvis was a difficult and stubborn client when he wanted to be. I think that the col preferred a dead client, give the new contracts that were signed in 1973.

Also, controlling the supply of the pills would give the col total control of Elvis.

Re: Those Who Cared --> Elvis' "Secret" Hospital Visits

Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:37 pm

Interesting post, thanks for putting it together.

Re: Those Who Cared --> Elvis' "Secret" Hospital Visits

Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:50 pm

June 1973 it is clear Elvis has drugs problems and goes into the hospital.
Then it takes his friends over 3 years (and being fired) to decide they want to "help him" by writing an exposé!?

Re: Those Who Cared --> Elvis' "Secret" Hospital Visits

Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:51 pm

jurasic1968 wrote:Doc, in August-September 1975 Elvis was in Baptist Memorial Hospital from August 21 to September 5,a total of 15 days. I wish he stayed many longer to fully recover.


Thanks. The 1981 article clearly mistyped the end date, as we have photos of him tooling around Memphis in a three-wheeled motorcycle from the second week of September 1975.

Re: Those Who Cared --> Elvis' "Secret" Hospital Visits

Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:01 pm

If you look at some of the pictures of Elvis and Parker duringthe early 70's tours you can see real affection. The one that sticks is Elvis playfully grabbing Parners hat from the stage in LA in 70. But Parker became an unrepentent gambler who shackeled Elvis to Vegas and lost all moral authority with Elvis. They both tolerated wach others addictions. Parker ould hardly breach morality as he was conflicted by his own problem. That Elvis new about Parker's problem and continued to play Vegas etc says a lot about Elvis' personal loyalty. I don' t believe Elvis was frightened by Parker's money demand, just think there was too much history to walk away. Besides as Doc's post shows it was already too late.

Re: Those Who Cared --> Elvis' "Secret" Hospital Visits

Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:20 pm

Thanks for the post, it's sad that Elvis didn't care about himself!

Re: Those Who Cared --> Elvis' "Secret" Hospital Visits

Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:54 pm

It's a shame there wasn't something like the Betty Ford Center in the 1970s. (The Betty Ford Center was not established until 1982.) The 1970s were a terrible time to be pharmaceutical drug addict. Betty Ford saved a lot of people because she reduced the stigma of getting treatment for drug and alcohol addiction.

One can only wonder what would have happened had Elvis gotten treatment for his addictions. Would he have regained his Adonis-like looks? Would he have regained his magnificent voice? Would he have regained his creative drive?

Winston wrote:Elvis's face looks so slim and young on this picture. Like a candid shot from 1969.


I think the same thing every time I see that picture. Especially when you consider how awful and puffy he looked the previous month. I think it's an especially flattering angle for him.

Re: Those Who Cared --> Elvis' "Secret" Hospital Visits

Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:46 pm

jurasic1968 wrote:Doc, in August-September 1975 Elvis was in Baptist Memorial Hospital from August 21 to September 5,a total of 15 days. I wish he stayed many longer to fully recover.

Strange... that Fall in 1975 was the longest layoff he had since 1971 (just over 3 months including his time in hospital and not performing) and yet it didn't have the same positive effect his hospital stays in the Fall of 1973 or the one in early '75 had on him. He came out of both of those much more clear headed with stronger live and studio performances... conversely, his Vegas engagement in Dec '75 was run of the mill at best and his performance at Pontiac was forgettable.

Re: Those Who Cared --> Elvis' "Secret" Hospital Visits

Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:03 pm

Unfortunately, the shortest stay ot Elvis in hospital was in April 1977, when he should stay maybe 2 month to recover. Priscilla in his book "Elvis and Me" wrote that she hardly recognized Elvis in his sad shape when she visited him with Lisa Marie in April 1977 in Memphis. 4 years earlier in October 9 1973 she was also shocked how bloated Elvis was and how dramatically he was changed in a year and a half since she didn't saw him-I wonder if she saw Aloha from Hawaii- if this is true she saw a very changed (in worse) Elvis in 8 month.

Re: Those Who Cared --> Elvis' "Secret" Hospital Visits

Fri Aug 23, 2013 12:52 am

yaso wrote:Thanks for the post, it's sad that Elvis didn't care about himself!


According to Linda Elvis confessed to her that he was self destructive. Sadly, the topic was never brought up again.

It must have been terrible being Vernon during this time. Elvis was increasingly reckless and was spending money like there is no tomorrow.

Elvis was the alpha male of the pack. Unfortunately, he did not listen to the caring comments from those around him. The fact that he was hospitalized as many times as he was should have been THE red flag.

It's been said before there was no Betty Ford clinic and that is a shame.

He was self destructive and even when he made efforts to dry out, they only worked temporarily.

He knew what was happening and that must have been torture.