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SONNY WEST CALLS FOR ELVIS FANS TO PAY MEDICAL DEBT
December 02, 2016  -  Various  /  Elvis Express Radio
Sonny West once rode Elvis Presley's coattails to fame as his best friend and bodyguard, but decades later, the glitz and glamor has faded away.

West wrote 2 best selling books on his life with Presley and in 2011, RLF Victor Productions brought the film rights to his 2007 book "Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business" which was
planned to under go a re-write for the movie script to be renamed, "Fame & Fortune".

Speaking from his hospital bed, 78-year-old West said he is now facing foreclosure this month due to the medical bills associated with his cancer diagnosis.

"I don't want to leave my family behind, penniless, leave them with nothing," he told InsideEdition.com. "I just want to be back to where I can carry the love that I need to carry."

West is currently undergoing treatment for cancer shortly after celebrating five years in remission. His wife of 46 years, Judy Jordan, is also undergoing treatment for cancer and
will be admitted into surgery next week.

Because of their mounting medical bills, and debt of nearly $22,000, the couple said they are now facing foreclosure, scheduled later this month.

"I just feel very depressed," West said.

Decades ago, West was one of the integral members of Elvis Presley's posse, known as the "Memphis Mafia."

West started out as one of his bodyguards, and eventually broke into The King's inner circle, where he remained his good friend for 17 years.

He appeared in Presley's 1968 hit film
Stay Away, Joe, and Presley reciprocated by acting as the best man in West and Jordan's wedding.

"I felt good, ambitious, going around the world doing shows, entertaining people, standing up for hours [with] all my energy and everything," West said.

His lucky streak ended about five years ago, when he was diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer. West has been on a feeding tube ever since.

"My parents' finances started going downhill after my dad first had cancer," their son, Bryan West, told InsideEdition.com.

Jordan, an actress known for roles in The Jackie Gleason Show and The Beverly Hillbillies, was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer soon after.

"When I was diagnosed, everything fell apart," Jordan told InsideEdition.com. "We got caught on payments and couldn't catch up. It's devastating me. It's one thing after another. I
had to be a warrior to not fall apart."

They said they eventually racked up nearly $22,000 in debt, and have been threatened with the foreclosure of their Nashville, Tennessee home, where they have lived since 2007.

To pay off debt they accrued for the various treatments, the couple said they have been selling several pieces of  Presley's memorabilia which, as West states, were given to him
by Elvis through the years which has been including jewelry, a gun, and a briefcase.

They also started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to pay off their debt. An Elvis impersonator sympathetic to their cause donated $1,000 to the campaign.

However, the couple claims the Presley estate has not been willing to contribute.

According to their son Bryan West, their home is still scheduled for foreclosure December 15.

"They will have nowhere to go," he told InsideEdition.com. "They don't want to lose their home. I can tell hope is slowly slipping away. "

After Elvis’ death in 1977, Sonny and his wife, Judy, raised, bred and showed Arabian Horses until 1983. Also at his time, they owned a Western Costume Jewelry line.

In 1978 Sonny West became an Associate Producer and co-starred along with Jim Stafford in a movie filmed in Nashville, titled
"The Disc Jockey".

A promoter he had met during his years with Elvis hired him to take charge of security for a tour he was promoting called the
"SALEM COUNTRY GOLD TOUR ’82," starring the
country group, Alabama, Mickey Gilley, Johnny Lee and Juice Newton. Sonny was also in charge of hotel arrangements and transportation for the tour.

Over the next several years, Sonny learned the talent booking business from the promoter for whom he was working, booking top talent into all size venues and booking for Special
Events. Sonny was also a Co-Producer on several music videos.

Ever since Elvis passed in 1977, there has been a huge demand for Sonny to share his stories about his life with Elvis by the Kings fans, and has been hired to attend Elvis events
all around the world.

Sonny filmed a DVD "Up Close and Personal" of his live performances produced and directed by William F. Williams and Executive Producer Tim Rochford of Tim Rochford
Productions.

If you wish to donate money towards their appeal, simply visit their
GoFundMe Page.