Elvis died in 1977 following cardiac arrest (Image: GETTY)

The singer would have turned 84 on Tuesday, but sadly passed away on August 16, 1977, at just 42 years old. Elvis died at his own home after a cardiac arrest, said to have been brought on following his years of prescription drug abuse. However, some fail to accept this as the truth, including investigative author Gail Brewer-Giorgio.

 

The 79-year-old has a tape, said to be recorded in spring 1981 – four years after the King’s reported death.

In the audio recording, a man who sounds similar to Elvis says: “People ask me all the time where I’m living, and naturally I can’t say, but it’s a good place to hide.

“There was an island that I learned about a long time ago and I guess I always knew, some day, I’d probably have to use it.

“Anyway, I must have spent a year on the island.

“I started travelling all over the world and it’s been enjoyable but it’s been a constant battle of growing beards and this and that to keep from being recognised.”

He continues: “I realise that sooner or later it’s probably going to end.

“You know I hate to think it’s going to end, but I know sometimes the secret [of being alive] has got to be let out and if it hadn’t have been for getting involved in what I’m involved in now, things and such, maybe it’d be different.

“As far as appearing nationally, I think it would be silly to get back into something that’s taken me this long to get out of.”

Ms Brewer-Giorgio claims she was sent the tape after releasing a book called Orion in 1977 – the same year Elvis died.

The fictional book told the tale of the title character – loosely based on the singer – who faked his death in order to escape the growing pressures of fame.

She took the tapes to voice recognition expert L.H. Williams, who claimed it was Elvis in the recording.

He detailed: “The known voice of Elvis Presley compared with the voice on this tape is the same.”

Many have disputed Elvis’ death due to the inconsistencies and complications during the autopsy of his body.

Dr Jerry Francisco had offered a cause of death before the medical examination was complete, claiming the underlying ailment was cardiac arrhythmia, a condition that can be determined only in someone who is still alive.

Elvis’ father, Vernon Presley, added fuel to the fire when he had the results of the autopsy sealed for 50 years, meaning we will not know the truth until 2027.

It also came to light Dr George Nichopoulos, who was later cleared of any wrongdoing, had prescribed more than 10,000 doses of sedatives, amphetamines and narcotics in the eight months prior to the death.

His license was suspended for three months and it was permanently revoked in the 1990s after the Tennessee Medical Board brought new charges of over-prescription.

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