If there had been lethal amounts of so many sedatives wouldn't Elvis simple have fallen asleep and then never woke up? That's exactly what happened to Heath Ledger when he took a deadly combo of sedatives last January. He fell into a deep sleep and simply never woke up. We know that Elvis did not go that way. Lots of reports say that Elvis may have even stood up and even stumbled a few steps before falling and starting to crawl away. By all accounts it was not a peaceful, painless death.