LONDON (EFE) .— Faced with the general thesis that Elvis Presley’s health problems were the effect of his drug addiction, journalist and historian Sally Hoedel has just published a new biography in which she affirms that the rock star and roll died because he had “bad genes.”
Thus, in his book “Elvis: Destined To Die Young (Elvis: destined to die young)”, he considers that the singer’s affections, beyond the excesses to which fame tends, could have come from his maternal grandparents, who they were brothers.
He also points out that many family members on his mother’s side died prematurely, at age 42, including three of his uncles. In fact, both the artist and his mother, Gladys, who also died young, at age 46, “had a similar four-year period 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 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.
“Elvis was a sick man who hid much of his weakness to fill concert halls and provide for his family. By examining his defects and health problems, perhaps we can see his humanity again, “he told the newspaper” The Observer. “
August 16 will mark the 44th anniversary of Presley’s death, but even today the circumstances surrounding his death are not entirely clear.
“Elvis is seen as less or more than human, as an image, and has been reduced to this type of rock and roll that died in his bathroom from taking pills,” he adds.
Hoedel thinks that Presley was not a drug addict as history has painted him, but rather that he sought to escape from reality; someone struggling to survive after living in extreme poverty.
“Elvis’s story is seen as one of destruction, but it is a struggle for survival, through poverty and, later, health problems. It was hard being Elvis, no one had ever had fame like that before, and no one could do it for him. He tried to function within his reality ”, he emphasizes.
That is why the historian and writer hopes that this book will change the distorted image that society has of the iconic figure. “Elvis changed our universe culturally like no one had before and deserves to be treated as a historical figure, like Henry Ford or Thomas Edison,” he concludes.