39 years after Elvis' death, step-brother has warning

David E. Stanley has written the book, 'My Brother Elvis: The Final Years.'

- Elvis Presley, The King of Rock and Roll, died 39 years ago Tuesday. His step-brother, David E. Stanley, who was 22 years old at the time, remembers the day vividly. “When I walked into the bathroom it was obvious he was gone. I was terribly sad. I was hurt. I was angry," said Stanley.

He writes about life with his step-brother in the new book, 'My Brother Elvis: The Final Years" available now.

The message Stanley wants readers and fans to take away most is HOW Presley died at 42.

“Unfortunately, for him he made a series of decisions that cost him his life at an early age," said Stanley.

"We celebrate his life today, but when you think about how he died of a self-induced drug overdose: one of the reasons I wrote the book is to bring awareness of what’s going on with prescription drug abuse. 78 people die a day. 15 million are affected by it each year. The tragedy of his loss is what I focus on here. Two kings and Prince, Michael, Elvis and Prince... when does it stop?" said Stanley.

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