One theory holds that Elvis went into the witness protection program as a result of his work as an undercover FBI agent.

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veryone knows that Elvis Aaron Presley died on August 16, 1977 as a result of chronic constipation coupled with extreme drug use. Or did he? Some people believe that the King faked his own death in order to escape the limelight, and that he’s still alive and well. There have been numerous Elvis sightings over the years, and there are several mysteries surrounding Presley’s death that have become fodder for various conspiracy theories.

Questions surrounded Presley’s death from the beginning. The official cause of death announced by the coroner was “cardiac arrhythmia,” which is something that can only be diagnosed in people who are still alive. Drug use was a suspected cause, and Elvis’ personal physician, George C. “Dr. Nick” Nicholopolis was eventually investigated for overprescribing and his license to practice medicine was ultimately revoked.

elvis ali This photo, taken in 1984, shows someone who might be the King (but isn’t, it’s Ali’s advisor Larry Kolb) hobnobbing with Muhammad Ali and Jesse Jackson as Ali was leaving the hospital.

There are three main “clues” often cited by the Elvis-faked-his-death theorists. First is the fact that on Elvis’ gravestone his middle name is spelled Aaron, as opposed to Aron, which is the spelling his parents used (it was a tribute to Elvis’ stillborn twin, Jessie Garon Presley). Second is that Elvis had a life insurance policy with Lloyds of London that went unclaimed. And third, many people claim to have seen Elvis after his supposed death. Singer Gloria Estefan even reported getting a phone call from someone who identified himself as Elvis when she was in the hospital recovering from a bus accident in 1990.

There are other so-called clues, such as the fact that some witnesses reported seeing beads of sweat on Elvis’ corpse at the viewing. This led people to surmise that it wasn’t Elvis in the casket, but a clever wax replica.

Another theory holds that Elvis went into the witness protection program as a result of his work as an undercover FBI agent.

Never mind that there are explanations for all of these things (except the beads of sweat, which was only ever reported second- or third-hand), conspiracy theorists never let truth get in the way of their bizarre theories. So the fact that Elvis stated that he preferred his middle name be spelled Aaron, or that there never was an insurance policy with Lloyds of London needn’t keep die-hard Elvis fans from holding on to hope that their beloved King might some day return.

You might even be tempted to think, as does the person behind Elvis-is-alive.com, that, “Elvis Aaron Presley did not die on that fateful day. He was only removed from the public eye to continue in his fight against drug use.”