Elvis Presley died at home in Graceland on August 16, 1977. His funeral took place two days later, but on August 17, fans queued up for his body viewing. One eyewitness present was June Walden, who was captured on film being carried inside after fainting.
Now in a new interview with Elvis expert Billy Stallings Spa Guy on his YouTube channel, June recounted her fainting and viewing Elvis’ body.
She revealed how it was “a very hot, blistering day” and how she’d been standing in line with hundreds of people to see The King’s coffin.
Accompanied by her friend Ted, June told him she wasn’t feeling too well.
She said: “The next thing I knew, I fainted.”
June continued: “So the guards took me inside.
“And when I came to, I was inside the Trophy Room.
“I had a paper towel in my hand and they were washing my face.
“I was just so emotionally carried away.”
On viewing Elvis’ body, June said how she walked up to a door and saw the coffin facing away the long way.
She described: “As I walked up, you stood at an angle and you didn’t really see his face.
“You could only just lean over and see.
“It was a very, very sad day, but an experience that I will never forget.”
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Elvis was just 42-years-old when he died of a heart attack on the toilet.
In his last few years, The King had become very overweight and addicted to prescription drugs.
From 1974-1976, Elvis performed almost 400 concerts, but sadly he was struggling to keep up his energy.
Uppers to get him energised for evening shows and downers to help him sleep through the day, The King was not in good shape and getting worse.
Speaking in Sky documentary Elvis: The Searcher, Rock and Roll writer Nik Cohn said: “Night by night it became harder for him to carry on being Elvis. Drugs and self-destructiveness were all punishments.”
Yet Elvis would still get great satisfaction out of entertaining his legions of fans.
Cohn added: “He was in great pain and yet he would give so much pleasure.
“He would go off stage and collapse and the audience would go out…joyous; spiritually blessed.”
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