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

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.