ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING! Hepworth 2005
Is death the end? 'Man is mortal and death is the end'. All people die – this is the law of nature. Known as 'The King', Elvis Presley was a singer who had millions of fans across the world during his career which spanned the 1950s to 1970s. So why should there be questions about the death of Elvis? He was after all - despite his enormous talent - just a man. What makes people react so much about Elvis's death and why has his death created so much intrigue? The answer is that people all over the world have claimed to see him after his death and many believe that the King is still alive.
At 3-30 P.M. on August 16, 1977, Elvis Aaron Presley was pronounced dead by Dr. George Nichopoulos. It was disclosed at a press conference later that the cause of death was "severe cardiovascular disease." Elvis had been taking drugs for years to balance his moods and to maintain the energy he needed to perform, eventually his heart gave out. He was found lying unconscious on his bathroom floor of Grace Land, his Memphis mansion by his girlfriend. He was rushed into hospital but all attempts to revive him were futile. The King is dead!
The pronouncement was final Elvis was dead. Yet, for the thousands of souls thronged outside the hospital it brought shock and disbelief. They could not accept that he had died - refused to believe what the doctors were saying. They claimed it was a cover-up by the Government and that he was still alive. Shock / Disbelief
In 1956, when Presley came crackling out of every radio and speaker in the land, young Americans notions about independence -- from parents, from religion, from the values of the time -- were forming. Elvis became "The King" of rock 'n‘ roll, but also of the emerging youth culture. He was a young, hip-thrusting, white singing music that was essentially black. Part of his attraction was that the '50s teenagers viewed him as epitomizing everything they thought their parents feared they would become -- cocky, slick, brash, tough, black-leatherclad, motorcycle straddling, stiletto-shoed.
This disbelief is still being nurtured by many across the world today. Fans cannot believe that death brought such an abrupt end to their so beloved idol - a man of remarkable talent who gave so much to so many. Denial
A sad day indeed Death is so cruel. It parted the King from the hearts of the millions and deprived them of the sight and sound of their 'heart-throb’ and hero! It was, to them, a loss that could never be repaired. Tens of thousands of people gathered outside his Memphis mansion to bid farewell to the King of Rock 'n' Roll. There were thousands of flowers and bouquets from the fans - after the initial shock of the news came denial and disbelief. Surely this couldn’t be the end…
Elvis sightings This mass-denial that Elvis had actually died and the yearning to see him again meant that he became one of the most frequently sighted men - even years after the official pronouncement of his death.
Reports of Elvis sightings started to pour in from various parts of America soon after his ‘death’. People were convinced that they had seen him and sometimes even spoken to him. Elvis sightings are still reported today. Maybe many of these are for sheer fun and most of them lack rationality, but they are enough to gauge the depth of love for Elvis from his admirers even so many years after death.
Elvis look-alike contests still attracts people of all ages and many people still make a living from impersonating him. All this points to one single thing – Elvis’ death, though sad, couldn't part him from the hearts of millions. Elvis is (in one sense) alive today through all these bids to Recreate and reincarnate him. Impersonators in Kuala Lumpur enter a contest
Some genuine sighting stories found on the net… “I swear that I saw Elvis Presley while I was fishing on the Salmon River in Idaho. The King looked older, obviously, but I could tell it was him. He was walking away from the river and disappeared into the bushes. I swear that at that moment ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ started playing on my radio. The experience was scary, almost like the feeling one gets from surviving a car accident. It was scary but exhilarating.” A military pilot from Italy, 1987
Two spotters were browsing the Elvis Spotter's Page on the internet when a power surge shut down the building for a few moments. Looking up, they both saw the hallway emergency lights illuminating a man with side burns wearing a janitor's jump suit with the name Elvis on the lapel. He was seen only briefly and then when power was restored there was no sign of him. The regular janitor was sought out and was found to have the day off. Oct. 18, 1995, Rider University HMV in Oxford Street is displaying rare Elvis photos
“I saw Elvis at his house in Graceland. We all know that the curators of the house keep the upstairs closed off. Well I really believe that he is still living upstairs of Graceland and wanted to disappear from public life so he faked his death and paid doctors to lie. I was looking closely up the stairs when I saw a movement in the curtains. I saw a man with dark hair and sideburns. We even made eye contact! He is still alive!” Jan. 30 2002, At Graceland, Kristy
Visitors have been arriving at Graceland all week At the queue for the check-in-desk, it was obvious that the King's home was not far off. Six Japanese teenagers, all with huge quiffs and long thick sideburns, were standing in line behind a man with a white suit, complete with flares and silver sunglasses. When we touched down the captain, in a well practised Elvis voice, said, "Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Memphis, I'd like to thank you for your custom."
People loved Elvis so much that they couldn't believe this great man's career had ended with his sudden death. Stories sprang up - and continued for many years - about people who saw Elvis alive - after others said that he was dead. People today still believe that Elvis is alive. Jesus’ disciples and followers couldn’t quite believe his career had ended with his sudden death. Stories sprang up about people who said that they saw Jesus alive after his ‘death’. CHRISTIANS today still believe that Jesus rose from the dead and is ‘alive’ in their hearts. So what’s Elvis got to do with Jesus?
Resurrection • 3 days after Jesus’ death the women came to put oils on his body as is the Jewish custom. • When they arrived at the tomb the stone in front of it had been rolled away. • Inside the tomb lay the bloodstained cloths wrapped around Jesus’ body when he was crucified – but his body had gone!
“Why do you seek the living among the dead?” • The women saw a gardener who asked why they were crying and looked panicked. • Mary replied, “They have taken away my Lord’s body.” The man replied, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” The man then said gently, “Mary …” in a familiar voice and at that moment she recognised that the man in front of her was Jesus but his appearance was slightly altered. “Rabbi”, she gasped.
He said to Mary, “You cannot touch me yet because I haven’t yet ascended… but tell the others what you have seen.” • Meanwhile the disciples were walking along the road to Emmaus when a stranger joined them on the road. He could see that they were sad and asked what they were speaking of. • They were amazed that this man hadn’t heard about the crucifixion of Jesus. They invited him back for a meal so that they could tell him all about it.
Jesus appears to the disciples Later that evening as they were eating, the stranger gave thanks for the meal and broke the bread. At the very moment they realised this man was Jesus he seemed to vanish before them. “It is true,” the disciples said with joy, “our Lord is not dead – he is still alive.”