The assumed death of Elvis - January 1959 (!)

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The assumed death of Elvis - January 1959 (!)

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My mother was 16 at the time, living in The Netherlands. She still remembers hearing the news of Elvis' death in 1959. The rumor really was widely spread in Europe in January 1959...

I hope someone has the original newspaper article which announced the news. It also showed a picture of a crashed Jeep. I have seen it once on internet, but can't find it anymore.


Did people from outside Europe heard about this incident and those rumors of Elvis' death before?

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Note: Shown pics are for illustration purpose only. They have nothing to do with the articles.

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Re: The assumed death of Elvis - January 1959 (!)

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It appears the news hit the AP and UPI wires about a week after Presley's 24th birthday, on 1-15-1959 (Thu), with Elvis having heard the rumour the night before. Unfortunately for AP, it turns out that they only managed to speak to a friend the day before, while UPI got a hold of Elvis himself for a quote. One wonders if the "friend" who spoke to the press was Bobby "Red" West or Lamar Fike.



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St. Petersburg Press - Thursday, January 15, 1959
AP report which speaks to a "friend."


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Sarasota Journal - Thursday, January 15, 1959
UPI report with Elvis interview.
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