Elvis Presley's controversial physician 'Dr. Nick' dies at 88

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George Nichopoulos, the controversial personal physician who treated Elvis Presley, died Wednesday, Memphis' Commercial Appeal reports. He was 88.

Nichopoulos, also known as "Dr. Nick," was accused of over-prescribing drugs to Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and other patients, but was acquitted of those charges in 1981.

Nichopoulos told the Commercial Appeal in 2009 that the drugs he prescribed to Presley were "necessities," adding that he didn't want to be thought of as having hastened Presley's death in 1977 at age 42.

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1st May 1967: American rock musician Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977) and his wife, Priscilla Beaulieu Presley, hugging each other on their wedding day, Las Vegas, Nevada. Priscilla wears her bridal gown and veil, and Elvis wears a shiny paisley jacket. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Outside an airport terminal building, fifteen-year-old American Priscilla Beaulieu stands amid a group of fans as she says goodbye to her then-boyfriend (and future husband) the soon-to-be-discharged US Army Sergeant (and popular singer) Elvis Presley, Friedberg, Germany, March 2, 1960. (Photo by James Whitmore/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - CIRCA 1965: Rock and roll singer Elvis Presley's wife Priscilla Beaulieu Presley poses for a portrait holding her little poodle circa 1965 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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Portrait of American rock and roll singer Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977) and his girlfriend and later wife Priscilla Beaulieu, 1960s. (Photo by Max B. Miller/Fotos International/Getty Images)
1st May 1967: Rock and roll singer and actor Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977) holding hands with his bride, Priscilla Beaulieu Presley, on their wedding day, Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Tennessee, USA, 5th February 1968, Rock & Roll star Elvis Presley with his wife Priscilla proudly show their new born baby, 4 day old Lisa Marie, at the Baptist Hospital in Memphis (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
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Medical examiner Dr. Jerry Francisco determined that Presley had died of cardiac arrhythmia rather than drugs.

He is survived by his wife Edna, their daughters Christine and Elaine, and their son Dean.

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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 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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