Elvis Photo Leaves Enquirer Building

King's casket image shredded in anthrax removal, sparks lawsuit
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2008 9:00 AM CDT
Elvis Photo Leaves Enquirer Building
The King's last photo is at the heart of a lawsuit between the developer who owns the National Enquirer's old headquarters and the company hired to clean it after an anthrax scare.   (AP Photo/From the Lens of George Kalinsky)

(Newser) – The National Enquirer's famous photo of Elvis Presley in his casket—the source of decades of rumors that the King was still alive—was shredded during anthrax decontamination at the mag's old headquarters, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. The King's final image is now at the heart of a lawsuit between the developer who bought the building, which was contaminated by a 2001 letter, and the company hired to clean it.

The Boca Raton building's owner is demanding $1 million for the destroyed image, but the cleaning company claims the photo belongs to the magazine—which gave permission to destroy contaminated documents and photos. The Enquirer’s photo editor died in 2001 after opening a letter that contained weapons-grade anthrax in the building. (Read more civil lawsuits stories.)

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