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August 16, 1977 is a date deeply etched in the minds of people around the world. It was a sad day, a day when we lost not only a great icon, but a “King.”
During the course of his 24-year career, Elvis Presley managed to achieve worldwide fame as a musical artist. That fame has remained, as he is still ranked as the best-selling solo artist in the entire world.
But no one knows just how much more Elvis’ fame could have grown if not for the horrifying discovery his fiancée, Ginger Alden, made on August 16,1977.
At the age of 42, Elvis, “The King of Rock and Roll,” was dead.
Ginger later recalled the moment she discovered Elvis’ body on the bathroom floor in his Graceland mansion, telling ET, “It was a devastating day.”
Although it was officially stated that Elvis died of a heart attack, his cause of death has been debated, and remains a source of speculation. But what is no mystery is how much Elvis’ music touched the lives of people around the world.
Saying that fans were heartbroken upon hearing the news of Elvis’ death is an understatement. For them, his death made them feel like everything was falling apart.
In the days following Elvis’ death, many media outlets took the opportunity to interview these fans to hear how they reacted to the news. Each person expressed their grief in their own way, but all showed how much they admired Elvis.
In honor of Elvis, we’ve gathered some of those reactions here for you to read. All of these responses go to show how much Elvis meant to the world he left far too soon.