MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Lisa Marie Presley shall be buried at Graceland, the famed dwelling of Elvis Presley that on Friday turned a gathering place for followers distraught over her dying a day earlier.
The singer-songwriter’s closing resting place shall be subsequent to her son, Benjamin Keough, who died in 2020, mentioned a consultant of her daughter and actor Riley Keough. Elvis and different members of the Presley household are additionally buried at Graceland.
Followers paid their respects at Graceland’s gates on Friday, writing messages on the stone wall, leaving flowers and sharing recollections of Elvis Presley’s solely little one, who was one of many final remaining touchstones to the icon whose affect and significance nonetheless resonates greater than 45 years after his personal sudden dying.
Lisa Marie Presley, 54, died Thursday, hours after being hospitalized for a medical emergency.
A singer-songwriter herself, Lisa Marie didn’t stay in Memphis, the place she was born. However she made journeys to the town for celebrations of her father’s start anniversary and commemorations of his dying, which shocked the world when he was discovered lifeless in his Graceland dwelling at age 42 on Aug. 16, 1977. She was in Memphis simply this previous Sunday, on what would have been her father’s 88th birthday.
Angela Ferraro was amongst these on Thursday evening who stopped by Graceland, the place the timber within the entrance garden had been adorned by inexperienced and purple lights. Followers took images and left flowers on the entrance gate on the chilly and windy night.
Ferraro and her fiance drove 25 minutes from Olive Department, Mississippi, to pay their respects. Ferraro mentioned she was a fan of Elvis’ music and of Lisa Marie’s — the couple listened to Lisa Marie’s music “Lights Out” on the drive north to Graceland.
“Elvis died young, and so did she. And her son, his passing was very tragic as well,” mentioned Ferraro, 32. “It’s hard and it’s devastating.”
Lisa Marie turned the only real inheritor of the Elvis Presley Belief, which — together with Elvis Presley Enterprises — managed Graceland and different belongings till she bought her majority curiosity in 2005. She retained possession of the mansion itself, the 13 acres round it and objects inside the house.
A consultant from Elvis Presley Enterprises advised The Related Press that the mansion is in a belief that may go to the good thing about her kids — she’s survived by three daughters. The consultant didn’t have particulars on the timing of a funeral or burial.
Lisa Marie was 9 when her father died. She was staying at Graceland on the time and would recall him kissing her goodnight hours earlier than he died. When she subsequent noticed him, the next day, he was mendacity face down within the lavatory.
“I just had a feeling,” she advised Rolling Stone in 2003. “He wasn’t doing well. All I know is I had it (a feeling), and it happened. I was obsessed with death at a very early age.”
Lisa Marie visited Graceland in 2012 to attend the opening of a brand new exhibit, “Elvis Through His Daughter’s Eyes,” a private look that included her child footwear — her start, 9 months precisely after Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s wedding ceremony, was worldwide information — in addition to her first file participant and a small white fur coat.
Throughout an interview with the AP throughout that cease, she smiled when recalling the time spent together with her dad. She mentioned one in all her favourite objects was the important thing used to function a golf cart as a result of it helped her recall when she was alone together with her father, using across the neighborhood.
“That was my life,” she mentioned. “I carried it everywhere. It was never far from me or not on my person when I was a child. I hadn’t seen it in 35 years.”
On Thursday, Sancelle Vance, 50, had taken the Graceland tour, which included a cease by Lisa Marie’s outdated swing set and the grave of her son.
About an hour and a half later, Vance heard about Lisa Marie’s dying; the temper at The Visitor Home at Graceland, the lodge the place she is staying, turned somber. Vance, who determined to cease in Memphis whereas transferring from Mississippi to California, mentioned it was “surreal” that she was at Graceland on the day Lisa Marie died.
Kristen Sainato and her husband had been visiting Memphis from Cleveland when she heard the information of Lisa Marie’s dying on Thursday. She wore a black jacket with the well-known TCB lightning bolt (shorthand for taking good care of enterprise in a flash, a motto Elvis lived by) on the again as she described assembly Lisa Marie at a celebration of her father’s birthday. Sainato set down a bouquet of flowers on the entrance gate of Graceland, the place one in all two planes is known as for Lisa Marie.
“Those are for Lisa,” she mentioned.
She mentioned Lisa Marie Presley was one of many final connections to her well-known father.
“Everyone is shocked over this. Why? Why did this have to happen?” Sainato mentioned, wiping tears from her eyes as she stood in entrance of the stone wall that borders the home-turned-museum. “She deserved a long, happy life.”