Elvis Presley's road manager Joe Esposito dies at 78

30th Nov 16 | Entertainment News

Elvis Presley's longtime aide and former road manager Joe Esposito has died.

His daughter Cindy Bahr confirmed Esposito, who had dementia, passed away aged 78 on 23 November in Calabasas, California, from natural causes.

Esposito became a close friend of Presley's after they met in 1959 while both serving in the Army in Germany. Their friendship became a professional relationship when Esposito signed up to be the singer's assistant, managing his calendar and working as road manager when Presley was on tour.

Esposito was just one member of Presley's large entourage, which was nicknamed "The Memphis Mafia" by journalists. He also served as best man when Presley married Priscilla Ann Beaulieu in 1967 and remained close to the singer up until his death in 1977. In fact, Esposito was one of the first to find Presley's body when he collapsed and died at his mansion in Graceland, Memphis, and broke news of the singer's death to Priscilla and manager Tom Parker. He was also a pallbearer at the singer's funeral.

After Presley's death, Esposito worked as a road manager for artists including Michael Jackson and the Bee Gees. He is survived by daughter Cindy, son Anthony, three grandchildren, a brother and a sister.

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