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He announced his retirement in January 2012 in an open letter to his fans thanking them for their support. He said at the time that he was receiving chemotherapy and not feeling “too bad.”

He had a strong interest in crop circles, paranormal activity and UFOs.

His daughter Karen told the music website WENN that she, her brother and her mother were with Mr. Presley when he died.

“We’re absolutely heartbroken,” she said.