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Biographer claims Elvis was destined to die young due to his family's history of incest

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Elvis Presley’s early death was inevitable and was caused by genetic defects caused by incest in his family tree, one author argued in a biography.

In Elvis: Destined to Die Young, Sally Hoedel argued that Elvis’ early death from a heart attack at age 42 was an early conclusion caused by faulty genes passed down from his maternal grandparents, who married despite the fact that they were cousins.

Hoedel, a lifelong fan of Elvis, told The Sun she was inspired to research the book after noticing similarities between the rocker’s death and the death of his mother Gladys Presley, who also died in her 40s.

Like Elvis, Gladys suffered a sudden bout of intense health decline and substance abuse, leading to her death at age 46 from heart failure.

Gladys’ three brothers each died at the same age as them from heart or lung-related ailments.

“So it’s no coincidence by the time it gets to Elvis,” Hoedel said, “because there’s so much going on in that family tree.”

Elvis Presley's early death was inevitable and caused by genetic defects caused by incest in his family tree, an author argued in a biography

Elvis Presley’s early death was inevitable and caused by genetic defects caused by incest in his family tree, an author argued in a biography

In Elvis: Destined to Die Young, Sally Hoedel argued that Elvis' early death from a heart attack at age 42 was an early conclusion caused by faulty genes.

In Elvis: Destined to Die Young, Sally Hoedel argued that Elvis' early death from a heart attack at age 42 was an early conclusion caused by faulty genes.

In Elvis: Destined to Die Young, Sally Hoedel argued that Elvis’ early death from a heart attack at age 42 was an early conclusion caused by faulty genes.

Elvis was found dead in his Memphis, Tennessee bathroom on August 16, 1977. His death was officially ruled to be caused by cardiac arrest, but the role drug use played in this has long been a matter of debate.

Presley was known to become addicted to numerous prescription drugs in the 1970s to meet the demands of a decade of famously grueling touring.

But in her book, Hoedel argued that Elvis’ decline was not caused by overindulgence or reckless drug use, but rather that he had been prescribed too many drugs to alleviate the ailments he had already developed and was annoyed by his travel demands.

“Elvis had several health problems, but he hid them so well that the overmedication is what we remember now,” Hoedel said, “he often took too much, and there are problems, but you have to wonder why he was taking those pills in the first place.’

Like Elvis, his mother Gladys (center) suffered a sudden bout of intense health decline and substance abuse, leading to her death at age 46 from heart failure.

Like Elvis, his mother Gladys (center) suffered a sudden bout of intense health decline and substance abuse, leading to her death at age 46 from heart failure.

Like Elvis, his mother Gladys (center) suffered a sudden bout of intense health decline and substance abuse, leading to her death at age 46 from heart failure.

Hoedel argued that the clues to understanding Elvis' death lay in his mother, whose death came nearly 19 years to the day before her son's death.

Hoedel argued that the clues to understanding Elvis' death lay in his mother, whose death came nearly 19 years to the day before her son's death.

Hoedel argued that the clues to understanding Elvis’ death lay in his mother, whose death came nearly 19 years to the day before her son’s death.

Hoedel argued that the clues to understanding Elvis’s death lay in his mother, whose death came nearly 19 years earlier than her son’s.

Like Elvis, Gladys’ health declined suddenly and rapidly in her forties. She also developed a problem with her own substance abuse and died an alcoholic on August 14, 1958, days before her son was due to begin military service in Germany.

“Gladys has always been painted as this woman whose son became famous, bought her a big house and she just had a hard time coming to terms with it all and basically died of a broken heart,” Hoedel said, “but it doesn’t work that way. I think Elvis and Vernon [Elvis’ father] they both knew who knew how sick she was before he left for the army.’

Glady’s heart failure has long been attributed to hepatitis, but Hoedel said she thinks it really was an alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, a genetic condition that damages the lungs and liver and leads to other health complications.

“We know Elvis had it because he was found to be a carrier of Alpha-1 after his death, so it had to come from somewhere,” Hoedel said.

“The Presleys were incredibly secretive about their health,” Hoedel said, “but I managed to interview people like Nancy Clarke, the daughter of Gladys’ cardiologist, who used to visit Presley’s house with her father.”

“And she told me before her father died, he said there was more to Gladys’ death than he understood because he was long quoted as saying it looked like hepatitis, but it wasn’t, and he couldn’t figure it out.” come what was wrong with her.’

“It all leads back to Gladys’ parents.”

Hoedel, a lifelong fan of Elvis, told The Sun she was inspired to research the book after noticing similarities between the rocker's death and the death of his mother Gladys Presley, who also died in her 40s.

Hoedel, a lifelong fan of Elvis, told The Sun she was inspired to research the book after noticing similarities between the rocker's death and the death of his mother Gladys Presley, who also died in her 40s.

Hoedel, a lifelong fan of Elvis, told The Sun she was inspired to research the book after noticing similarities between the rocker’s death and the death of his mother Gladys Presley, who also died in her 40s.

Elvis was found dead in his Memphis, Tennessee bathroom on August 16, 1977.  His death was officially ruled to be caused by cardiac arrest, but the role drug use played in this has long been a matter of debate.

Elvis was found dead in his Memphis, Tennessee bathroom on August 16, 1977.  His death was officially ruled to be caused by cardiac arrest, but the role drug use played in this has long been a matter of debate.

Elvis was found dead in his Memphis, Tennessee bathroom on August 16, 1977. His death was officially ruled to be caused by cardiac arrest, but the role drug use played in this has long been a matter of debate.

Elvis’ maternal grandmother, Doll Mansell, suffered a decades-long battle with tuberculosis. However, Hoedel argued that this was likely a misdiagnosis and that she too suffered from a genetic defect that was passed down from generation to generation and exacerbated by her marriage to her first cousin.

“Again, something that makes no sense, but it continued to be passed down the family tree and then throughout Elvis history,” she said. “This book explains that tuberculosis was definitely a misdiagnosis in the early 1900s. .

“From there, with the first-niece marriage, we can see that Gladys most likely inherited two damaged genes and a more severe version of the disease.”