ELVIS Presley faked his own death to escape the clutches of fame, according to conspiracy theorists.
Forty years ago The King of Rock and Roll’s death shocked the world, and today fans around the world mark what would have been his 83rd birthday.
The former heartthrob had suffered a heart attack while sitting on the toilet triggered by drugs and his rapid ballooning weight.
Or so the official story would have you believe.
Claims that Elvis is alive and staged his own death persist to this day – with one bloke even putting money on it.
So while fans gather at Graceland to remember the King, maybe Elvis is out there somewhere enjoying his retirement?
Daily Star Online can now reveal the “proof” the musician is still out there four decades on from his supposed death in Memphis.
Cause of death
Elvis’s cause of death was debated for years after his death, with accounts rife with inconsistencies.
Fans cite this lack of a straightforward answer as evidence there was something fishy going on with the King.
Initial reports put Elvis’s death down to heart disease, only for this to become a drug-induced heart attack after toxicology.
Later it was claimed The King’s death was actually caused by constipation, his personal doctor George “Nick” Nichopoulos revealed.
But his stepbrother David Stanley complicated the matter even further when he claimed Elvis took his own life.
Conspiracy theorists claim these contradictory accounts prove Elvis staged his death.
There are persistent reports a mysterious chopper was seen hovering near Graceland in the hours before the discovery of Elvis’s body.
Some go as far to claim it was even seen landing in the grounds of The King’s estate.
It has been claimed this may have been a Government chopper, as the FBI assisted the rocker in his mission to disappear.
Dropping off a fake body, conspiracists are torn as to whether Elvis himself also climbed aboard.
Some claim it was part of a witness protection racket at Elvis agreed to help the Feds take down mobsters The Fraternity.
A man by the name of Jon Burrows supposedly was seen purchasing a ticket with cash from Memphis to Buenos Aries, Argentina, on the day after Elvis’s death.
This mystery man is said to have looked suspiciously like Elvis as he jetted off on August 17.
Fans allege this was the King getting out of dodge as he made his escape after faking his own death.
Allegedly Jon Burrows was a frequent alias used by the King to book hotels when he needed to go incognito.
Funeral and burial
Elvis believers note his funeral was particularly hastily arranged – taking place just two days after his death.
The arrangements all seemed to have been made.
More than 30,000 fans got to see the King’s body as it lay in Graceland on the 17th.
A quiet service followed by a giant procession attended by 80,000 people then followed on the 18th.
Pictures sneaked out of the open casket appear to show a youthful looking Elvis – resembling more the handsome hunk from 1957, rather than the bloated bloke from 1977.
Some claim this is proof of a wax dummy put on display by the King in an effort to convince people he was dead.
His gravestone also has an odd quirk, with his middle name name spelt wrong – etched as Aaron not Aron.
Conspiracy theorists take this as a clue from Elvis himself, or perhaps his family’s refusal to “officially” bury him when he wasn’t actually dead.
Elvis’s father Vernon ordered the King’s autopsy report to be sealed for 50 years.
Tying into suspicions about his cause of death, many hope the final secret of what happened to the rockabilly lie in these documents.
By the time this file is made public in 2027, the King – if he is still out there – will most likely be dead.
Rockstars don’t tend to live until the ripe old age of 92.
Maybe the King ordered his dad to seal the final secret of his death until he was sure he could have lived out his days in peace.
Over the years Elvis has been spied countless times – with some accounts more compelling than others.
He allegedly appeared at his own 82nd birthday celebration in Graceland back in January.
Photos have emerged over the years of “Elvis” and he is even claimed to have been an extra in the film Home Alone.
He was also allegedly pictured with Muhammad Ali in 1984.