The irony of it all is that, in terms of fan numbers and popularity, dying was the best thing that ever happened to Elvis!
Were he still with us, he would not be anywhere near as popular as he is now, nor would he be such a pop culture phenomenon. Then, if he were to drop dead soon, the popularity would increase.
There was an almost unimaginable surge in fan numbers around 1977-80, which has never really died off.
As someone quipped when Elvis did die: "Good career move".