MEMPHIS, Tenn. –
Lisa Marie Presley will be buried at Graceland, Elvis Presley’s famed home that on Friday became a gathering place for fans distraught over his death a day earlier.
The singer-songwriter’s final resting place will be next to her son, Benjamin Keough, who died in 2020, a representative for her daughter and actor Riley Keough said. Elvis and other members of the Presley family are also buried at Graceland.
Fans paid their respects at the gates of Graceland on Friday, writing messages on the stone wall, leaving flowers and sharing memories of Elvis Presley’s only son, who was one of the last remaining touchstones of the icon whose influence and significance still echoes more than 45 years later. his own sudden death.
Lisa Marie Presley, 54, died Thursday, hours after being hospitalized for a medical emergency.
A singer-songwriter herself, Lisa Marie did not live in Memphis, where she was born. But she made trips to the city for celebrations of the anniversary of her father’s birth and commemorations of his death, which shocked the world when he was found dead at his Graceland home at age 42 on August 16, 1977. She was in Memphis recently. on Sunday, on what would have been her father’s 88th birthday.
Angela Ferraro was among those who stopped by Graceland Thursday night, where the trees on the front lawn were festooned with green and red lights. Fans took photos and left flowers at the front door in the cold and windy night.
Ferraro and her fiancé drove 25 minutes from Olive Branch, Mississippi, to pay their respects. Ferraro said that she was a fan of Elvis and Lisa Marie’s music; the couple heard the Lisa Marie song “Lights Out” on the way north to Graceland.
“Elvis died young, and so did she. And her son, his death was also very tragic,” said Ferraro, 32. “It’s difficult and devastating.”
Lisa Marie became the sole heir to the Elvis Presley Trust, which, along with Elvis Presley Enterprises, managed Graceland and other assets until she sold her majority stake in 2005. She retained ownership of the mansion, the 13 acres around it, and items inside the house.
A representative for Elvis Presley Enterprises told The Associated Press that the mansion is in a trust that will benefit his children: he is survived by three daughters. The representative did not have details about the date of a funeral or burial.
Lisa Marie was 9 years old when her father died. She was staying at Graceland at the time and she would remember him kissing her goodnight hours before he died. When she saw him again the next day, she was lying face down in the bathroom.
“I had a feeling,” she told Rolling Stone in 2003. “He wasn’t right. All I know is I had it (a feeling) and it happened. I was obsessed with death at a very young age.” “
Lisa Marie visited Graceland in 2012 to attend the opening of a new exhibit, “Elvis Through His Daughter’s Eyes,” a personal look that included his baby shoes; her birth, exactly nine months after Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s wedding, made international headlines. -as well as her first record player and a little white fur coat.
During an interview with the AP during that stop, he smiled as he recalled the time he spent with his dad. She said that one of her favorite items was the key used to operate a golf cart because it helped her remember when she was alone with her father, walking around the neighborhood.
“That was my life,” he said. “I took him everywhere. He was never far from me or not on my person when I was a kid. I hadn’t seen him in 35 years.”
On Thursday, Sancelle Vance, 50, took the tour of Graceland, which included a stop at Lisa Marie’s old swing set and her son’s grave.
About an hour and a half later, Vance learned of Lisa Marie’s death; The mood at The Guest House at Graceland, the hotel where she is staying, turned somber. Vance, who decided to stop in Memphis while moving from Mississippi to California, said he was “surreal” that he was at Graceland the day Lisa Marie died.
Kristen Sainato and her husband were visiting Memphis from Cleveland when she heard the news of Lisa Marie’s death on Thursday. She wore a black jacket with the familiar TCB (short for taking care of business in a flash, a motto Elvis lived by) lightning bolt on the back as she described meeting Lisa Marie at a birthday celebration for her father. . Sainato left a bouquet of flowers at the front gate of Graceland, where one of the two planes is named after Lisa Marie.
“Those are for Lisa,” he said.
She said that Lisa Marie Presley was one of the last connections to her famous father.
“Everyone is shocked by this. Why? Why did this have to happen?” Sainato said, wiping tears from his eyes as he stood in front of the stone wall that borders the museum-turned-house. “He deserved a long and happy life.”
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