Faced with the general thesis that Elvis Presley’s health problems were the effect of his drug addiction, the journalist and historian Sally Hoedel has just published a new biography in which she affirms that the rock and roll star died because he had “bad genes.”
So in his book Elvis: destined to die young (“Elvis: destined to die young”, in Spanish), considers that the affections of the singer who took rock and roll to the top of the world, beyond the excesses to which fame tends, they could have started from their maternal grandparents, who were brothers.
It also points out that many family members on his mother’s side died prematurely, at 42, including three of his uncles.
Elvis Presley died at his mansion called Graceland, in Memphis.
Family members who died young
In fact, both the artist and his mother, Gladys, who also died young, at age 46, “had a similar period of four years of degenerative health, and that is important, because she did not take the same medication as him “, affirms the biographer through the British medium specialized in music New Musical Express (NME).
At the same time, he adds that the music star suffered from diseases in nine of the eleven body systems and that part of his body was damaged from the moment he was born. A theory that until now, if known, was not among the best known of the interpreter of Hound dog Y The jail dance.
Why hide the disease
Bloated, sweaty, and panting, but his voice intact; this is what Elvis Presley looked like in 1977, when he was traveling his inexorable final stretch.
“Elvis was a sick man who hid much of his weakness to fill the concert halls and provide for his family. By examining his flaws and health problems, perhaps we can begin to see his humanity again, “writer Sally Hoedel told The Observer newspaper.
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“Elvis is seen as less or more than human, like an image, and he’s been reduced to this kind of rock and roll star who died in his bathroom from taking too many pills,” adds Hoedel.
The biographer of the idol who died in her Memphis house thinks that Presley was not a drug addict as history has painted him, but rather that he sought to escape from reality; someone who struggled to survive after living in extreme poverty.
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“The Elvis Presley story is seen as a story of destruction, but it is a struggle for survival, through poverty and then health problems. It was difficult being Elvis Presley, no one had a reputation like that before. , and nobody could do it for him. He tried to function within his reality, “he says.
That is why the historian and writer hopes that this book will change the distorted image that society has of the iconic figure. And he explains it this way: “Elvis changed our universe culturally like no one had before and deserves to be treated as a historical figurelike Henry Ford or Thomas Edison “, he concludes.