Friday 23 March 2018

Former doctor to Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis dies at the age of 88

George C Nichopoulos
George C Nichopoulos

Elvis Presley's former personal doctor has died at the age of 88, a funeral home has announced.

George C Nichopoulos died on Wednesday at the Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis, according to an obituary posted on its website.

Known as "Dr Nick," Nichopoulos was Presley's doctor for 11 years before the singer's death from heart disease on August 16, 1977.

The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners revoked his medical licence in 1995 after it ruled he had over-prescribed potentially addictive drugs to 13 patients, including Presley and fellow singer Jerry Lee Lewis, between 1987 and 1990.

A jury in 1981 acquitted Nichopoulos of criminal charges of indiscriminately and negligently prescribing drugs to Presley.

In a 2009 interview with The Commercial Appeal, Nichopoulos said: "I don't regret any of the medications I gave him. They were necessities

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