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Priscilla Presley reveals her final chat with Elvis

By Helen Pye

Published 30/10/2015

Priscilla Presley said she and Elvis remained close friends after their divorce
Priscilla Presley said she and Elvis remained close friends after their divorce

Priscilla Presley has opened up about her final conversation with Elvis, days before his untimely death, when he reassured her he was fine.

Elvis died of a heart attack at his home on August 16, 1977, hours before he was due to fly out of Memphis to start a new tour, which Priscilla revealed the 42-year-old had been excited about.

His former wife told The Jonathan Ross Show: "We talked, in fact we talked a few days before he passed which was very hard. (I was) asking if he was OK and if he was excited about going on tour and he was. He loved work, but he was dealing with a lot of issues, decisions that he had to make, so it wasn't easy."

Asked if she had concerns for him, she replied: "I did but Elvis was, he felt he was OK. He wasn't someone who you could just say: 'You need to really take care of yourself'.

"It was hard for anyone to do anything because ultimately it was his decision and he felt he was fine."

The pair met in 1959 when Priscilla was only 14 years old and Elvis was 24 and wed nearly eight years later. They divorced four years before Elvis' death, but Priscilla revealed that hearing about his death was "absolutely devastating". Priscilla was joined on the show by Elvis Costello who played a special rendition of The King's hit Don't on Presley's personal guitar from 1956.

The show will air on ITV1 at 10.25pm tomorrow.

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