But he might have lived if he had just listened to the advice he gave his own stepbrother, D. Edward Stanley.
During his teenage years, Stanley worked as a bodyguard for Presley and had access to every type of drug imaginable.
Still, the King tried to steer away his stepbrother from all of it.
Says Stanley: He didnt give me any drugs. Everything I did, I did to myself.
Stanley admits Presley would kick my butt whenever he caught him smoking pot or snorting coke and says it was ironic because, he was popping all sorts of medications.
Although Presley was stingy, he was generous with everything else.
As Stanley puts it, Elvis wanted to share his fame and fortune with his family. He had a great work ethic and he passed that on to me he gave me a lot and he loved to give.
Stanley plans to tell his story warts and all in a new film, The HeadHunter, which he plans on screening at various film festivals.
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