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Elvis in Asia contest draws impersonators from across region

Elvis impersonators from across Asia belted out classics in the first Elvis in Asia competition. The King of Rock n' Roll died 40 years ago this week.

More than 20 Elvis Presley impersonators gathered in Manila on Saturday for the first Elvis in Asia contest.

The organizers held the event to keep the Elvis legacy alive for a new generation.

Contestants were judged on their appearance and ability to impersonate the style and charisma of the King of Rock n' Roll.

Elvis died of a heart attack at the age of 42 at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, on August 16, 1977. He had been suffering from weight gain and prescription drug abuse.

cw/jlw (dpa, AP, AFP)

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