In honor of the anniversary of the passing of another musical King, ABC News reporter Russell Goldman dares to wonder: “Was Elvis Death Similar to Michael Jackson?”
I mean, when you think about it, it’s so obvious:
Both Jackson and Elvis’ lives unfurled with similar progression. Born into working-class families, they were musical innovators whose success bridged cultures and generations, and whose fame made them prisoners in their own homes.
But their deaths have an even eerier congruence. With their best days behind them, each planned a concert tour to redefine their legacies. Before getting the chance, however, they each died quietly in their gilded cages from an overdose of powerful prescription drugs.
The whole “crazy as a shithouse rat” thing, though? I think that’s just Jackson. I mean, sure, there were stories of Elvis being kind of weird, but at least he died wearing his own face. That’s gotta count for something.