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Al Dvorin, the announcer who coined the legendary phrase “Elvis has left the
building”, has died at the age of 81.
Dvorin was killed in a car accident as he returned from an Elvis convention in California.
He first met Elvis Presley in 1955 and worked with him for 22 years, helping to organise his tours and personal appearances.
It was in the early 1970s that the star’s manager Colonel Parker asked Dvorin to inform fans after a gig that Elvis would not be appearing for an encore.
Dvorin took the stage and made his now legendary announcement:
“Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building. Thank you and