On August 16, 1977, Elvis was found dead in his Graceland apartment after reportedly dying from apparent heart complications.
But mass confusion about the circumstances leading to the 42-year-old’s death – as well as a range of photos taken of the King in the years following his passing – have led some conspiracy theorists to believe Elvis hasn’t left the building, after all.
Years after the King’s funeral – in which theorists believe Elvis left a clue about his survival on his tombstone – author Gail Brewer-Giorgio released transcripts from an audio tape which would send fans into a meltdown.
The audio tape contained a phone conversation between a Georgian local and Mr Presley, said to be recorded in spring 1981 – four years after the King’s reported death swept the world.
In the tape, a man who sounds eerily like Elvis Presley 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.”
Maria Columbus – the president of America’s longest-running Elvis Presley fan club – notes Elvis did not live on an island for a year prior to his death, recording his first single Heartbreak Hotel at age 21 and staying in the public eye ever since.
Speaking of the tape, she concluded: “I believe it is Elvis speaking.”
Gail claimed she took the tape to voice recognition expert L. H. Williams, who was able to confirm the voice as that of Elvis Presley – although there is no way to determine exactly when the tape was recorded.