Fans paid their respects at Graceland Gate on Friday by writing messages on a stone wall, leaving flowers and sharing memories of Elvis Presley’s only child.
Memphis, Tennessee. Lisa Marie Presley will be buried at Graceland, her father Elvis’s mansion, which on Friday was a gathering place for fans distraught by the singer-songwriter’s death the day before.
Presley’s final resting place will be near her son Benjamin, who died in 2020, a spokesman for actor Riley Keough, Presley’s daughter, said.
Fans paid their respects at Graceland Gate on Friday by writing messages on a stone wall, leaving flowers and sharing memories of Elvis Presley’s only child, one of the last remaining touchstones for an icon whose influence and meaning still resonates more than 45 years later. . his sudden death.
Lisa Marie Presley, 54, died on Thursday, hours after being admitted to the hospital for emergency care.
Singer-songwriter Lisa Marie herself did not live in Memphis, where she was born. But she made trips to the city to celebrate her father’s birth anniversary and commemorate his death, which stunned the world when he was found dead in his home in Graceland at the age of 42 on August 16, 1977. She was in Memphis just recently. Sunday, when her father would have turned 88.
Angela Ferraro was among those who stopped at Graceland Thursday night, where the trees on the front lawn were adorned with green and red lights. On a cool and windy evening, fans took pictures and left flowers at the gate.
Ferraro and her fiancé drove 25 minutes from Olive Branch, Mississippi to pay their respects. Ferraro said she was a fan of Elvis and Lisa Marie’s music – the couple listened to Lisa Marie’s “Lights Out” on their way north to Graceland.
“Elvis died young and so did she. And her son, his death was also very tragic,” Ferraro, 32, said. “It’s hard and devastating.”
Lisa Marie became the sole heir to the Elvis Presley Foundation, which, along with Elvis Presley Enterprises, managed Graceland and other assets until she sold a majority stake in 2005. She retained ownership of the mansion itself, the 13 acres around it, and the items inside. house. Her son is buried there along with his father and other members of the Presley family.
A spokesman for Elvis Presley Enterprises told The Associated Press that the mansion is in a trust that will benefit her children – she is survived by three daughters, including Riley Keough. The representative did not have details about the timing of the funeral or burial.
Lisa Marie was 9 years old when her father died. She was living in Graceland at the time and recalled how he kissed her goodnight hours before his death. When she next saw him the next day, he was lying face down in the tub.
“I just had a hunch,” she told Rolling Stone magazine in 2003. – He was not very good. All I know is that I had this (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 the new exhibition Elvis Through His Daughter’s Eyes, a personal image that featured her childhood shoes – her birth, nine months after Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s wedding, made international news – as as well as his first record player and a little white coat.
During an interview with AP during this stop, she smiled as she recalled her time with her father. She said that one of her favorite items was the golf cart’s key because it helped her remember when she was alone with her father, driving around the neighborhood.
“That was my life,” she said. “I carried it everywhere. It was never far from me or not on my face when I was a child. I haven’t seen him for 35 years.”
Kristen Sinato and her husband were visiting Memphis from Cleveland when she heard the news of Lisa Marie’s death on Thursday. She was wearing a black jacket with the well-known TCB zip (short for instant case resolution, Elvis’ motto) on the back as she described meeting Lisa Marie at her father’s birthday party. Sainato placed a bouquet of flowers at Graceland’s main gate, where one of the two planes is named after Lisa Marie.
“This is for Lisa,” she said.
She said that Lisa Marie Presley was one of her last ties to her famous father.
“Everyone is shocked by this. Why? Why did this have to happen? Sainato said, wiping tears from her eyes as she stood in front of the stone wall that bordered the home museum. “She deserved a long happy life.”