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July 29th, 2009
05:14 PM ET

Elvis' former doctor pens book

Program Note: Tonight, Randi Kaye is following the investigation into Dr. Conrad Murray, the doctor on the scene when Michael Jackson died. Tune in tonight at AC360 10 P.M. ET for new details and analysis from our correspondents.

[cnn-photo-caption image="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/SHOWBIZ/Music/10/29/dead.celebrities/art.presley.gi.jpg" caption="Elvis Presley's doctor is speaking out to clear his name in the death of the star."]

Michael Lollar
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Dr. George Nichopoulos does not want his grandchildren to grow up thinking of him as a Dr. Feelgood who killed Elvis Presley.

The white-haired 82-year-old former personal physician to the rock superstar dodged parallels Tuesday to his role as a one-time suspect in Elvis' death and that of Michael Jackson's personal doctor, Conrad Murray, under investigation in the death of the King of Pop.

Nichopoulos sat down with a crew from TV's "Entertainment Tonight," announcing a book, "The King and Dr. Nick," due out in February. In it, the doctor says he will tell the world he is tired of being accused of hastening Elvis' death.

"I don't regret any of the medications I gave him. They were necessities," Nichopoulos said. Dr. Nick, as he was known, was acquitted in 1981 on charges he overprescribed drugs to Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and seven others.

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  1. William of Iowa

    "For his grandchildren" – I doubt Elvis will be a big influence to them. They might not even care who he was or what he did. No – Dr. George is driven by self interests in writing this book. Although the grandkids might profit handsomely as anything "Elvis" still sells.

    July 29, 2009 at 7:25 pm |
  2. Annie Kate

    The Doctor's book ought to be an interesting read. The Doctor was acquitted of the drug charge in Elvis's death so it will be interesting to see what he has to say about it all.

    July 29, 2009 at 6:57 pm |
  3. JC-Los Angeles

    Elvis' doctor penning a book? huh? say what? come again? excuse me?

    I can just hear the publisher now: "so doctor, you want to write a book? how's your patient doing?"

    Elvis' doctor and author: "he's dead."

    July 29, 2009 at 6:48 pm |
  4. Tina

    If people think Dr. Nick didn't give a rats**about Elvis and what it did to him, like "Cindy..Ga" then he would of done it long ago, without guilt or a second thought. but he didn't, he cared about that man. yes the man overprescribed drugs, but what is he to do when he has pressure to prescribe pills, when he needs to pay for his bills and children. Some doctors dont care about there patients, but Dr. Nick did, and not because of his paycheck, but because they truly go to know each other. And as a close family friend to Dr. nicks children, i know its the truth. But conrad murray is a different story.

    Tina from Memphis, TN

    July 29, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  5. Cindy

    OMG..is every nut coming out of the woodworks now a days! I mean really!

    Dr. George Nichopoulos gave Elvis too many drugs and did not give a rats a** what it did to him or how much he was abusing them. He is the cause for his death no matter what he wants anyone else to believe because he was his enabler and drug provider.

    Cindy..Ga.

    July 29, 2009 at 5:18 pm |