Priscilla Presley Says She ‘Wanted To Die’ After Finding Out About Elvis Presley’s Death

Priscilla Presley was getting ready to attend a meeting the day she learned about Elvis Presley’s death. She received a phone call from her sister, telling her that Elvis was in the hospital.

Priscilla rushed home in her car, passing several red lights and nearly hitting several vehicles in the process. It wasn’t until she got home that she learned that the love of her life, Elvis Presley, had died of a heart attack.

Rock and roll singer Elvis Presley with his wife Priscilla Beaulieu Presley and their 4 day old daughter Lisa Marie Presley
Rock and roll singer Elvis Presley with his wife Priscilla Beaulieu Presley and their 4 day old daughter Lisa Marie Presley | Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Priscilla Presley never stopped loving Elvis Presley

Priscilla has described Elvis as the love of her life. Although she divorced him at the age of 27, she confesses that she never stopped loving the rock and roll king. The reason they split was that she needed to discover what life was like outside of their relationship.

The Presley Wedding
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“I love him,” she revealed to The Sydney Morning Herald. “I still love him. I’ve never not loved him. Ever.”

“I feel that I’ve never really left him,” she adds. “And he knew that. He knew that…”

Priscilla Presley says she ‘wanted to die’ once she learned about Elvis Presley’s death

The whole world came to a standstill once news broke out that Elvis Presley had died. The king of rock and roll had such a tremendous impact on pop culture, and the entire nation mourned Elvis’s death. Yet, no one was more distraught than Priscilla.

She describes how she was feeling on the day he died.

“I locked myself in the bedroom and left instructions that I would not speak to anyone, that I wanted to be alone,” she writes in her 1985 memoir. “In fact, I wanted to die. Love is very deceiving. Though we were divorced, Elvis was still an essential part of my life. Over the last years, we’d become good friends, admitting the mistakes we’d made in the past and just beginning to laugh at our shortcomings.”

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She continues, saying, “We had a bond: We’d become closer and had more understanding and patience for each other than in our married life. We even talked of one day… And now he was gone.”

Priscilla says that after hearing of his death, she had never felt more “afraid” and “alone” in her entire life.

Priscilla Presley thinks their relationship was even better after their divorce

In Priscilla’s memoir, she explains that their split was incredibly amicable. During their divorce hearing, they held hands the entire time. Priscilla explained that after they ended their marriage, it was as though nothing had changed. They’d still give each other loving kisses and laugh about the silly mistakes they made in the past.

“Elvis and I were very close, even after we divorced,” Priscilla revealed to The Sydney Morning Herald. “He would still come over to my house. I would still sit in his lap. He would still call me my pet names that he gave me. He would still come to my house at two o’clock in the morning and talk for hours, and when I went to Graceland, it’s the same thing.”