MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Lisa Marie Presley will likely be buried at Graceland, the famed house of Elvis Presley that on Friday turned a gathering place for followers distraught over her demise a day earlier.
The singer-songwriter’s ultimate resting place will likely be subsequent to her son, Benjamin Keough, who died in 2020, stated a consultant of her daughter and actor Riley Keough. Elvis and different members of the Presley household are additionally buried at Graceland.
Fans 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 demise.
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. But she made journeys to town for celebrations of her father’s beginning anniversary and commemorations of his demise, which surprised the world when he was discovered useless in his Graceland house 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 have been adorned by inexperienced and purple lights. Fans took images and left flowers on the entrance gate on the chilly and windy night.
Ferraro and her fiance drove 25 minutes from Olive Branch, Mississippi, to pay their respects. Ferraro stated 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,” stated Ferraro, 32. “It’s hard and it’s devastating.”
Lisa Marie turned the only inheritor of the Elvis Presley Trust, which — together with Elvis Presley Enterprises — managed Graceland and different property till she bought her majority curiosity in 2005. She retained possession of the mansion itself, the 13 acres round it and gadgets inside the house.
A consultant from Elvis Presley Enterprises informed The Associated 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 toilet.
“I just had a feeling,” she informed 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 sneakers — her beginning, 9 months precisely after Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s wedding ceremony, was worldwide information — in addition to her first report participant and a small white fur coat.
During an interview with the AP throughout that cease, she smiled when recalling the time spent along with her dad. She stated considered one of her favourite gadgets was the important thing used to function a golf cart as a result of it helped her recall when she was alone along with her father, using across the neighborhood.
“That was my life,” she stated. “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 previous swing set and the grave of her son.
About an hour and a half later, Vance heard about Lisa Marie’s demise; the temper at The Guest House at Graceland, the lodge the place she is staying, turned somber. Vance, who determined to cease in Memphis whereas shifting from Mississippi to California, stated it was “surreal” that she was at Graceland on the day Lisa Marie died.
Kristen Sainato and her husband have been visiting Memphis from Cleveland when she heard the information of Lisa Marie’s demise on Thursday. She wore a black jacket with the well-known TCB lightning bolt (shorthand for caring for 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 considered one of two planes is known as for Lisa Marie.
“Those are for Lisa,” she stated.
She stated 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 stated, 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.”