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
'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.
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
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!
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
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…
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
of his death.
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
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
Impersonators in Kuala Lumpur enter a contest
“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
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
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."
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?
tomb the stone in front of
it had been rolled away.
bloodstained cloths wrapped around Jesus’ body when he was crucified – but his body had gone!
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.
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.
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.”