Elvis accidentally killed by his dentist?

By | November 16, 2008

Each year, I celebrate Elvis’ birth day, January 8th, but I’ve never researched how he died.

This is supposedly the last picture ever taken of Elvis Presley alive:


Along with the photo and other interesting last photos on listverse, was this text:

This last known photo of Elvis was taken on August 16 1977 at 12.28am. The picture was snapped as he is pulling into Graceland after a night out. …

Interesting Fact: Elvis had visited his dentist on August 15th to have a temporary crown put in and has been suggested that the codeine the dentist gave him that day resulted in an anaphylactic shock that assisted in his death because he had suffered allergic reactions to the drug previously.

The late Dr. Lester Hoffman was the dentist of Elvis Presley. He once told a story Elvis used self hypnosis instead of drugs to get numb.

“… we were doing a little dental surgery on Elvis. I was taking out an old broken root tip. And, of course I reached for the syringe to get him numb and he said, ‘What’s that?’ And I said, ‘I’m gonna get you numb’. And he said, ‘Well, just give me a moment, a minute’. And, he went into sort of like a trance. And at the end of the minute he said, ‘Ok, I’m ready’. And I reached for the syringe again. And he said, ‘No, that won’t be necessary’. He had gone into some deep meditation and I said, ‘Come on, Elvis I said this..’. He said, ‘You go ahead, if it bothers me I’ll stop’. I went ahead and did the surgery, got the root tip out, sewed him up. He never blinked, he never moved. And when I finished I said, ‘Elvis, I’m through’. He said, ‘I never felt a thing’. He could put himself into this meditative trance, he was a student of meditation and he used it.” – elvis.com.au

This story completely does not fit with Elvis taking a lot of pain killers.

PSA: Mothers: Don’t nurse and take codeine, there is a 2% chance your baby will die of a morphine overdose. More history:

dvd_20_201The official coroner’s report lists “cardiac arrhythmia” as the cause of Presley’s death, but this was later admitted to be a ruse entered into by the Presley family along with autopsy physicians Dr. Jerry T. Francisco, Dr. Eric Muirhead and Dr. Noel Florredo to cover up the real cause of death, a cocktail of ten prescribed drugs, taken in doses no doctor would prescribe:

The painkillers Morphine and Demerol. Chloropheniramine, an antihistamine. The tranquilizers Placidyl and Vailum. Finally, four drugs were found in “significant” quantities: Codeine, an opiate, Ethinamate, largely prescribed at the time as a “sleeping pill,” Quaaludes, and a barbituate, or depressant, that has never been identified. … –about.com

The AP said Dr. Francisco said the amount of drugs found in Presley’s body, collectively, would not have constituted a drug overdose. And he said it was unlikely that the drugs’ chemical reactions within the body could have contributed to his death.  … “Had these drugs not been there, he still would have died.” Dr. Francisco was quoted as saying that the press conference. – yahoo

Throughout the program (and in follow-up stories) Rivera makes no bones about who is one of the central culprits in the cover-up, Shelby County Medical Examiner, Dr Jerry Francisco. Francisco took it upon himself to call a press conference following the autopsy, to announce Elvis died from cardiac arrhythmia, a statement deliberately misleading and only true on a superficial level. .. Francisco would later make the outrageous claim that “Dr Nick’s” indictment for prescribing thousands of pills to Elvis had nothing at all to do with his death! Francisco’s arrogance is stunning – it is an amazing scene to watch. … What Francisco deliberately omitted to add was that the letter he took that view from also included another sentence saying “categorically”, that in combination, all the drugs present in Elvis’ body could well have been lethal!  – elvisinfonet

Marty Lacker, a high school friend and best man at Presley’s 1967 wedding, often saw Dr. Nick substitute sugar or vitamins as placebos, and emphasizes: “You’ve got to realize you were dealing with a very strong personality in Elvis Presley. I heard Dr. Nichopoulos telling Elvis to stop taking drugs. Elvis got upset with him and told him to ‘get the hell out of here and don’t come back.’ The problem was Elvis would see other doctors.” There are reports that he would fly his private jet to Las Vegas when his medicine chest was empty in Memphis. – people.com

In 1977 alone, George Nichopoulos wrote Elvis prescriptions for 10,000 doses of uppers, downers and assorted narcotics. He tells Adam Higginbotham he did it because he ‘cared’ – guardian

4 thoughts on “Elvis accidentally killed by his dentist?

  1. Danny

    A toxicology report [based on autopsy specimens from Elvis’ body] was leaked to the Salt Lake City Tribune in January 1978, just a few months after Elvis died, and it showed that each of the drugs Elvis took were all prescribed medications for real medical problems that Elvis battled during his lifetime, some of which were inherited. While it was reported by the mainstream media and by his “friends” that these drugs were found in doses that no normal doctor would ever prescribe, only four drugs were found in significant amounts, including Codeine, which was said by some doctors to have triggered Elvis’ death. A few of the other medications that were detected were for chronic insomnia, a lifelong problem he was unable to overcome, and medications for chronic pain. He also suffered from antitrypsin deficiency (genotype MS) condition, glaucoma, hypertension, a twisted colon and other health issues. It is hard to believe that Elvis was able to perform 1,145 shows from 1969-77, some included long Karate demonstrations, with the kind of health problems that he had! He must have really loved his fans to put himself through so much pain.

    One health issue that Elvis had (rheumatoid arthritis or degenerative arthritis) was not diagnosed by his personal doctor until 1994, seventeen years after his passing. It has been said that Elvis “abused” Morphine because it was “found” in his system. This is false. Codeine contains a byproduct of Morphine and so this is what was actually detected as “Morphine”. The toxicologist who headed the tests admitted that he was told to check specifically for Ritalin because it was rumored that Elvis had been “abusing” Ritalin. This drug also was not found in his system. As a matter of fact, most of the drugs that he was rumored to have consumed or “abused” on a regular basis were not detected during the tests.

    All of the drugs that were detected were found at levels that would not have caused a drug overdose, although the Codeine would have caused heart and cardiovascular malfunctioning since Elvis was known to be allergic to Codeine which begs the question: why was he given Codeine? Some of the other drugs that were detected may or may not have been taken on the day Elvis died. They may have been in his system for weeks. Therefore, it is not accurate to say that because “ten” or “eleven” drugs were detected by way of toxicology tests that Elvis actually took “ten” or “eleven” drugs on the morning of August 16, 1977.

    Another issue that I have is over the contradictions or half-truths concerning Elvis’ visit to his Dentist on the night of August 15, 1977. It has been said that Elvis went to the Dentist to have a cavity or small cavities filled and that he felt pain which required a prescription for Codeine. This does not make any sense for two reasons. 1. Elvis was allergic to Codeine and so neither Elvis would take nor his Dentist prescribe Codeine as the drug of choice to relieve Elvis’ suffering and, 2. his Dentist is on record as stating that Elvis’ visit on August 15 was only a routine visit. In his own words, “a cleaning and check up, that is all.” He made no mention of a cavity or cavities or anything else that would require pain relief during or after the visit.

    There are so many contradictions concerning Elvis’ death that I am personally shocked that the U.S. Government never investigated it. It is a historical fact that the Memphis Police failed to conduct an investigation back in ’77 or since then even though Elvis was not only an entertainer, but he was also an Army veteran who was far more involved in the government than many people, including close family members and friends, had previously realized.

    Vernon Presley, Elvis’ father, conducted an internal investigation, but it was conducted quickly and unprofessionally. But even Vernon’s behavior was suspicious after his son’s death was announced to the world. Just an hour or two after Elvis was pronounced dead, Vernon was interviewed by the Memphis radio station, WHBQ, and was calm and at ease during most of the interview. Why would an elderly man with a history of serious heart problems appear on a radio station knowing that his own son was pronounced dead just a short time earlier? It is one thing to release an official statement through a spokesman, but it is a little out of the ordinary to feel the need to suddenly go on the radio just after your own son was pronounced dead and go into details about his passing and about his funeral. Vernon would later pass away of heart failure on June 26, 1977, exactly two years to the day of Elvis’ last concert (at the former Market Square Arena in Indianapolis).

    I am not a conspiracy fanatic. I often looked upon people who believe that a conspiracy surrounds the death of Elvis as people who really need to enter a mental hospital for some psychiatric treatment. I now believe that I was wrong in my way of thinking. Of course, I am not saying that Elvis is alive or dead. I do believe that there are too many questions concerning his death that have never been answered and may never be answered.

    In closing, it would be nice to focus more on Elvis’ music, concerts, and movies rather than on his death. It is Elvis the great singer and entertainer that matters most whether or not he is alive or dead. But the questions concerning his death are just too troublesome to ignore.

  2. Danny

    “Vernon would later pass away of heart failure on June 26, 1977.”

    Correction: I meant to say that Elvis’ dad passed away on June 26, 1979 and not June 26, 1977.

    1. Emily

      Elvis should never take codeine if he’s highly allergic to that and I bet he is still kicking himself in the pants over that mistake

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