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Lisa Marie Presley’s heartbreaking words after finding her father Elvis dying of heart failure are revealed

ELVIS Presley’s stepbrother has recalled Lisa Marie Presley’s heartbreaking words after she found out her father had died of heart failure.

Speaking exclusively to The Sun, David E. Stanley shared how he was at Graceland on the day of his brother’s death on August 16, 1977, when little Lisa Marie came to find him.

Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla with baby Lisa Marie at the hospital

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Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla with baby Lisa Marie at the hospitalPhoto credit: Getty
Elvis' brother has revealed Lisa Marie's heartbreaking words about her father's death

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Elvis’ brother has revealed Lisa Marie’s heartbreaking words about her father’s deathPhoto credit: Getty
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Elvis, pictured with Lisa Marie and Priscilla, is the subject of a new filmPhoto credit: Getty

David recalls playing pool with a buddy when Lisa Marie, then nine, and the niece of Elvis’ friend Ginger ran up to him with the heartbreaking words, “Daddy’s sick… we can’t wake him up .”

The writer and filmmaker, who has worked as Elvis’ bodyguard and tour manager since he was 16, said that Elvis collapsed in the bathroom at his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee just hours before he was due to leave for a new tour in Portland, Oregon, should leave.

David shared his heartbreaking memories ahead of a new movie about the life of the king with Tom Hanks and Austin Butler, which is out this week.

David said: “I was in the basement at Graceland and played pool with a mate before we went on tour.

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“A girl named Amber, Ginger’s niece, came in with Lisa Marie and she said, ‘David, daddy’s sick.’

“I said, ‘What’s wrong with him?’ and she said, ‘We can’t wake him up.’

“And that wasn’t a shock. I had seen it many times before and didn’t panic.

“She told me there were people with him so I told my friend I would take him home because I figured we might have to cancel a tour or make some arrangements.

“Anyway, after dropping him off nearby, as I was driving back to the gates of Graceland, an ambulance pulled up in front of me.

“They went in front of the house and I pulled back and I got nervous. I didn’t panic because I pulled him out of a dozen overdose situations.

“I ran up the steps, into his room, the bathroom where Elvis was lying in the fetal position… I saw his face buried in the carpet.”

David E. Stanley, Elvis’ stepbrother

“I ran up the stairs, into his room, the bathroom where Elvis lay in the fetal position. Vernon lay at his feet and groaned, ‘My son is dead’.

“I saw his face buried in the carpet. I don’t know if he fell off the toilet when he had his heart attack.”

Paramedics then took Elvis to the hospital, but the doctors couldn’t save him.

“I WAS A WRECK”

In previous interviews, Lisa Marie has revealed how her father kissed her and put her to bed the night before he died, then she woke up and realized something was wrong.

In a TV interview, Lisa Marie recalled, “I knew something was wrong because I was in my room, which was right next to his bathroom.

“So I knew something was very wrong. All the fuss and everything. I was a wreck.”

She added, “I was a mess but I was also confused because I was so upset.”

Elvis had a known drug addiction prior to his death and was known to take sleeping pills, Demerol injections, amphetamines, codeine, morphine, diazepam and placidyl.

DEPTH OF ADDICTION

Autopsy tests showed that Elvis’ blood contained 10 different types of drugs and that he had advanced cardiovascular disease, emphysema and intestinal disorders.

It was later discovered that the king was prescribed a whopping 8,805 pills and injectables in the months leading up to his death.

David said he remembered Elvis falling into addiction after his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, played by Hanks in the new film Elvis, forced him into a grueling schedule and his dreams of starring in Hollywood films and touring Europe , had nullified.

While David is clear not to blame Parker for his brother’s death, he does feel that he contributed to Elvis’ downward spiral.

David said: “One of the reasons Elvis died when he died was because he wasn’t challenged anymore. He needed a new challenge.

HOLLYWOOD DREAMS

“There was a guy in the Middle East who offered him a million cash for Elvis to do a show and an Australian promoter offered millions for shows there. But Parker refused.

“Elvis was approached in the mid ’70s about working with Barbra Streisand on the film Star Is Born.

“He wants to do it to show he can dig his teeth into the best of Hollywood.

Elvis got stuck on these rotating US tours, which sure made us a lot of money, but they held him back.

David E. Stanley, Elvis’ stepbrother

“He loved the challenge, the script and the thought of working alongside Barbra. But Parker screwed that up, too.

“Elvis would have done a great job too. He had the potential to be a big movie star – there’s no doubt about that.

“He needed a goal like that and a creative project to get off the ground.

“Instead, Elvis got stuck on these rotating US tours, which sure made us a lot of money, but they held him back.

“Colonel prevented Elvis from developing further. It limited him and made him feel stuck in this unprecedented cycle of US touring.

“As a child, I voiced my opinions, but nothing has changed.

“The bigger question is what did he have about Elvis that made him do what he wanted. There had to be something. I don’t know what that was. I still can’t find out to this day.”

David has written a book about his life with Elvis called My Brother Elvis: The Final Years.

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He also released a film he made called Protecting the King, which explores Elvis’ last five years of life.

The Sun has reached out to the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation at Graceland for comment.

The King is played by Austin Butler in the new movie Elvis

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The King is played by Austin Butler in the new movie ElvisPhoto credit: Getty
Lisa Marie at her father's funeral in 1977

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Lisa Marie at her father’s funeral in 1977Photo credit: Rex
Elvis at one of his last concerts before his death

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Elvis at one of his last concerts before his deathCredit: Alamy
Elvis with his stepbrother David Stanley

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Elvis with his stepbrother David StanleyPhoto credit: David E. Stanley
David is now a filmmaker and writer

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David is now a filmmaker and writerPhoto credit: David E. Stanley

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