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On August 16, 1977, the world united in an overwhelming feeling of shock as news spread that the legendary Elvis Presley had died from a heart attack. One of those people was his former wife, Priscilla Presley, who knew better than anyone the incredible struggles that Elvis had gone through for years, far away from the spotlight of stardom.

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During a brand new interview with “Good Morning Britain,” Priscilla was asked about some of the demons that plagued Elvis, and whether she thought he could have survived those demons if he’d lived past that fateful August day.

“No, I don’t [think he would have]. I think that he would always have his demons,” Priscilla said quietly. “Elvis was a thinker. He was a searcher. His mother had demons. His father had demons. We all have demons, obviously. I don’t want to make it bigger than it is. They were a close family, but there was always a little bit of sadness in them.”

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This sadness eventually overwhelmed Elvis during his final years, and Priscilla said he really had no one to go to about them. “’I wish that I could share with him knowledge,” she remarked. “Because he really was alone. He really didn’t have a peer, not with a group and not really with anyone.”

Yet, in the same interview, Priscilla was quick to mention that these demons were far from a constant in Elvis’ life. “He could be fun and he could be funny and he could have a great time,” Priscilla added. “When he had a great time, we all had a great time.”

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Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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