Former Member of Elvis Presley's Inner Circle Faces Foreclosure Due to Mounting Medical Bills
"My parents' finances started going downhill after my dad first had cancer. I can tell hope is slowly slipping away," said his son, Bryan West.
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.
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 began selling Presley's memorabilia, including the jewelry he gifted West, and a briefcase.
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. "
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