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Longtime Elvis Presley aide Joe Esposito dies at 78

Associated Press logo Associated Press 11/30/2016
FILE - In this Oct. 1, 1998 file photo, Elvis Presley's former road manager and friend Joe Esposito, left, shakes hands with Bremerhaven mayor Manfred Richter at the point Elvis stepped on German soil. The King of Rock n Roll came to Germany by ship as a soldier of the US Army. Esposito's daughter Cindy Bahr said Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, that he had dementia and died Nov. 23 of natural causes in Calabasas, Calif. He was 78. (AP Photo/Joerg Sarbach, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Oct. 1, 1998 file photo, Elvis Presley's former road manager and friend Joe Esposito, left, shakes hands with Bremerhaven mayor Manfred Richter at the point Elvis stepped on German soil. The King of Rock n Roll came to Germany by ship as a soldier of the US Army. Esposito's daughter Cindy Bahr said Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, that he had dementia and died Nov. 23 of natural causes in Calabasas, Calif. He was 78. (AP Photo/Joerg Sarbach, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elvis Presley's close personal friend and professional aide Joe Esposito has died. He was 78.

Esposito's daughter Cindy Bahr said Tuesday that he had dementia and died Nov. 23 of natural causes in Calabasas, California.

Esposito met Presley in 1959 while both were serving in the Army. After they completed their service, Esposito became Presley's assistant in professional matters, from keeping his calendar to functioning as road manager when the King was on tour.

Esposito was one of two best men at Presley's 1967 wedding to Priscilla Wagner and a pallbearer at his funeral.

After Presley's death, Esposito worked as a road manager for the Bee Gees, Michael Jackson and other artists.

Along with Bahr, Esposito is survived by his daughter Cindy, son Anthony, a brother, sister and three grandchildren.

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