The stepbrother of Elvis Presley claims that the music legend intentionally killed himself by overdosing on prescription drugs.
According to the New York Daily News, David E. Stanley has made an array of controversial claims about Presley in his upcoming book, "My Brother Elvis." Stanley worked for Presley and lived alongside him at Graceland from a young age, and says he had a close relationship with his famous relative.
Stanley claims he last saw Presley on Aug. 14, 1977, when Elvis told him that he would be going away for a few days, but the next time they met he would be "on a higher plane." Just two days later, Presley was found dead in his bathroom inside Graceland.
He also says that Presley was in poor health in the days leading up to his death, and was so heavily medicated that family members had to help him into the bathroom through all hours of the day. He also reports that Elvis would frequently fall asleep at the dinner table, leaving family members to "reach inside his mouth and remove the food."
Stanley also says that the family intentionally hid pills and syringes that surrounded Presley's body before the cops arrived on the scene. Official police reports say no drugs were found on the scene.
Although some Presley fans may see these new allegations as a desperate play for publicity, Stanley says he only wants to tell the real story of what happened to his stepbrother.
"I felt it was my responsibility to write a book about these realities of Elvis beyond the glitz, glamour and fun," Stanley told AOL. "He was human, and his very human frailties and vulnerabilities cost him his life. If addiction could happen to Elvis, it can happen to anyone."
Fans of Elvis Presley can decide for themselves when "My Brother Elvis" comes out on Aug. 16, marking the 39th anniversary of Presley's death.