The last woman to see Elvis Presley alive, his alleged fiancee Ginger Alden, is sharing new details about life with the King of Rock 'n' Roll, including the night he proposed to her.
"He took me by the hand, went into his bathroom, which was his sanctuary, seated me in a chair and said many beautiful words to me." Elvis and Alden reportedly got engaged in early 1977, although the two never married.
Alden spoke exclusively with NBC in a rare interview and showed off the ring he gave her as well as a TLC necklace, which she says symbolized acceptance into his 'inner circle.' She also shared information about the tragic day when Elvis died.
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Elvis' 'last love' Ginger Alden speaks out about Presley's life and death
HAWAII - MARCH 1977: Rock and roll singer Elvis Presley with his girlfriend Ginger Alden in March of 1977 in Hawaii. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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An Elvis Presley signed photograph, estimated between $100 and $1500, is displayed during a press preview at auction house Bonham's in Hollywood, California, on November 15, 2012, where Charlie Chaplin's iconic bowler hat and cane are to go under the hammer in this weekend as part of an auction which also includes the John Lennon nude drawing of himself and Yoko Ono, part of the Lennon lot estomated between $18,000 and $22,000 , among memorabilia from other artists. The hat and cane trademark of Chaplin's Little Tramp character are in 'remarkable condition' and are estimated to go for between $40,000 and $60,000 at the sale by auction house Bonhams on Sunday November 18. AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION, TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION == (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: An autographed pair of Elvis Presley's original blue suede shoes and a photo of him autographing them on auction at Gotta Have It! store on March 21, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Tim Greeway/Staff Photographer: the watch that was owned by Elvis Presley is on sale at Windham Jewelry in Windham on August 11, 2011. (Photo by Tim Greenway/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
Army photographs of Elvis Presley are seen during the preview day of the 'Icons and Idols' and 'property from the life and career of Johnny Cash' auctions at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California on November 19. 2010. The auctions will be held in Beverly Hills next December 3 and 4. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
An Elvis Presley red velour pullover is seen during the preview day of the 'Icons and Idols' and 'property from the life and career of Johnny Cash' auctions at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California on November 19. 2010. The auctions will be held in Beverly Hills next December 3 and 4. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Elvis Presley items are seen during the preview day of the 'Icons and Idols' and 'property from the life and career of Johnny Cash' auctions at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California on November 19. 2010. The auctions will be held in Beverly Hills next December 3 and 4. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
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"It was something none of us expected. It's still hard to this day."
Elvis died Aug. 16, 1977, in his home in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 42 years old. Although rumors swirl as to how and why Elvis died, his friend and physician Dr. George Nichopoulos reported in 2010 that 'The King' might have died from 'chronic constipation.'
Since Elvis' death, Alden has given just a handful of interviews, including one with E!: "I fell back asleep and then I remember Elvis was getting up. I said, 'What's the matter?' and he said he was going to the bathroom to read and the last thing I said to him was, 'Don't fall asleep,' and he said, 'I won't,' and then he walked into the bathroom."
She told NBC after that she found him over the toilet and felt his last breath. The NY Daily News reports that Ginger claims The King promised her "the wedding of the century" before they went to sleep at Graceland.
In the book, she writes: ""Elvis looked as if his entire body had completely frozen in a seated position while using the commode and then had fallen forward, in that fixed position directly in front of it."
That book, which was just recently released, and is scoring more negative reactions than positive ones.
On Amazon.com, reviewers criticized Alden for still trying to make money off the dead rockstar. Some claimed there were factual errors in the book and in Alden's story, even questioning whether her engagement to Elvis was real.
But other reviewers defended Alden, with one writing "THANK YOU GINGER FOR SHARING THE TRUTH WITH THE WORLD BECAUSE YOU ARE THE REAL DEAL!"
Alden's book goes more in depth about Elvis' life and death and how she's persevered since his passing. You can also watch her full interview with NBC at Today.com.