Vernon was there on August 16, 1977 when his beloved son died. On that fateful day, a devastated father waited for information at Graceland with Elvis’ daughter Lisa Marie and fiancee Ginger Alden after Elvis had been discovered collapsed in his bathroon. An ambulance had rushed the star to the Memphis Baptist Memorial Hospital at 2.55pm. Time of demise was confirmed at 3.30pm and Vernon stood on the steps of Graceland at 4pm and informed the media that The King was lifeless. The outpouring of grief from around the globe was extraordinary and Vernon recorded one other heartbreaking message for the followers.
The message was a part of an ABC broadcast which additionally included highly effective footage of Elvis’s final ever stay performances.
Vernon stood beneath a framed portrait of Elvis inside Graceland, surrounded by monumental piles of letters from followers filling the entire room.
He mentioned: “I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for all the cards and letters that you have sent since the passing away of my son, Elvis. We have all the flowers and the letters and the cards, which we will eventually get around to answering, the majority of them.”
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In one other interview he spoke of how Elvis stood out from a younger age and his refusal to adapt to be like everybody else.
Vernon mentioned: “Some of the garments he wore was totally different. The method he wore his hair was fairly totally different to what there was again then, you recognize.
“And he was criticised very often about it and it actually didn’t hassle him and he didn’t change it and he went on prefer it was anyway.”