Lisa Marie Presley will be buried in Graceland next to her son

Memphis, Tenn. (AP) — Lisa Marie Presley will be buried at Graceland, the famous home of Elvis Presley that on Friday became a gathering place for fans distraught over her death the day before.

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 to Graceland on Friday, writing messages on the stone wall, leaving flowers and sharing memories of the only child of Elvis Presley, who was one of the last remaining hubs of the icon whose influence and significance still resonates more than 45 years later. his sudden death.

Lisa Marie Presley, 54, died Thursday, hours after being hospitalized for a medical emergency.

Lisa Marie, a singer-songwriter herself, did not live in Memphis, where she was born. But she made trips to town to celebrate and commemorate the anniversary of her father’s birth and death, which stunned the world when he was found dead in his Graceland home at age 42 on August 16, 1977. She was in Memphis just this past Sunday, on her father’s 88th birthday.

Lisa Marie Presley, 54, died Thursday, hours after being hospitalized for a medical emergency.

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Angela Ferraro was among those who stopped Thursday night at Graceland, where the trees in the front lawn were festooned with green and red lights. Fans took pictures and left flowers at the front gate on the cool and windy evening.

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 heard Lisa Marie’s “Lights Out” on the road north to Graceland.

“Elvis died young, and so did she. Her son’s death was very tragic,” Ferraro, 32, said. It’s difficult and devastating.”

Lisa Marie became sole heir to the Elvis Presley Trust, which – along with Elvis Presley Enterprises – managed Graceland and other assets until she sold her majority interest in 2005. She retained ownership of the mansion itself, the 13 acres around it and the items within the house.

A representative from Elvis Presley Enterprises told The Associated Press that the mansion is in a trust that will go for the benefit of her children — she’s survived by three daughters. The actor did not have details on the timing of the funeral or burial.

Lisa Marie was nine years old when her father died. She was staying at Graceland at the time and was remembering him hours before his death. When she saw him the next day, he was lying face down in the bathroom.

She told Rolling Stone in 2003: “I just had a feeling. It wasn’t okay. All I knew was that I had (a feeling), and it happened. I was obsessed with death at a very young age.”

Lisa Marie Graceland visited in 2012 to attend the opening of a new exhibition, “Elvis Through His Daughter’s Eyes,” a personal appearance that included her baby shoes — her birth, exactly nine months after Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s wedding, was world news — where in addition to her first atelier And a little white fur coat.

During an interview with the Associated Press during that stop, she smiled when she recalled the time she spent with her father. She said one of her favorite items was the key used to start a golf cart because it helped her remember when she was alone with her dad, walking around the neighborhood.

“That was my life,” she said. I carried it everywhere. He wasn’t far from me or he wasn’t far from me when I was a kid. I haven’t seen him in 35 years.”

On Thursday, Sunsil Vance, 50, took a tour of Graceland, which included stopping by Lisa Marie’s old swing and her son’s grave.

About an hour and a half later, Vance heard of Lisa Marie’s death. The mood at The Guest House at Graceland, her hotel, becomes somber. Vance, who decided to stop in Memphis during her commute from Mississippi to California, said it was “surreal” to be at Graceland the day Lisa Marie died.

Christine 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 lightning bolt (short for sponsorship in flash business, a logo lived by Elvis) on the back when she described meeting Lisa Marie at a celebration for her father’s birthday. Sainato lays a bouquet of flowers at the front gate of Graceland, where one of two planes is named after Lisa Marie.

She said, “Those are for Lisa.”

She said that Lisa Marie Presley was one of the last links with her famous father.

“Everyone is shocked by this. Why? Why does this have to happen?” Senato said, wiping tears from her eyes, as she stood in front of the stone wall that borders the house-turned-museum. “I deserve a long and happy life.”

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