August 16, 2012 19:53

75,000 fans mark 35th anniversary of Elvis' death at Graceland

Priscilla and Lisa-Marie Presley attend the yearly candlelit vigil for the first time

75,000 fans mark 35th anniversary of Elvis' death at Graceland
The 35th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley was marked by a candlelit vigil last night (August 15) at his former residence, Graceland, in Memphis.

The event was attended by his ex-wife Priscilla and daughter Lisa-Marie Presley, who normally shun the yearly vigil. Said Lisa-Marie to the crowd of 75,000 – via LA Times:

I've always avoided this because I felt that it would be too emotional, but I really felt it was important to come down here tonight. I love you very, very, very much.

It was the first time mother and daughter have attended the vigil, during which they spoke to the crowd from a raised stage. Said Priscilla: "You should see this from our point of view. It's amazing. The candles are lit. It's truly a sight to behold."

Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977 at the age of 42 after suffering a heart attack. He is buried in the grounds of Graceland, alongside his parents and grandmother. There is also a memorial headstone for his twin, Jesse Garon.

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