Lisa Marie Presley will be buried at Graceland, the famous home of Elvis Presley, which on Friday became the site of a gathering of fans outraged by her death a day earlier.

The singer-songwriter will be laid to rest next to her son Benjamin Keough, who died in 2020, according to her daughter’s representative and actor Riley Keough. Elvis and other members of the Presley family are also buried at Graceland.

Fans paid their respects at the gates of Graceland on Friday, writing messages on a stone wall, leaving flowers and sharing memories of Elvis Presley’s only child, who was one of the last touchstones for an icon whose influence and significance still resonates more than 45 years later. his sudden death.

Lisa Marie Presley, 54, died Thursday hours after being admitted to a hospital emergency room.

Lisa Marie, a singer-songwriter herself, did not live in Memphis, where she was born. But she made trips to the city to celebrate her father’s birthday and to commemorate his death, which stunned the world when he was found dead in his Graceland home aged 42 on August 16, 1977. She was in Memphis last Sunday, her father’s birthday would have been 88 years old.

Angela Ferraro was among those who stopped by Graceland Thursday night, where the trees on the lawn were decorated with green and red lights. On a cold and windy evening, fans took pictures and left flowers at the front gate.

Ferrara and her fiance drove 25 minutes from Olive Branch, Mississippi, to pay their respects. Ferraro said she’s a fan of Elvis and Lisa Marie’s music — the couple listened to Lisa Marie’s “Lights Out” on the way north to Graceland.

“Elvis died young and so did she. And her son, his death was also very tragic, said 32-year-old Ferraro. – It is difficult and destructive.”

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

A representative of 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. A spokesman did not provide details on the time of the funeral or burial.

Lisa Marie was 9 years old when her father died. She was living in Graceland at the time and remembered him kissing her goodnight just hours before he died. When she saw him the next day, he was lying face down in the bathroom.

“I just had a feeling,” she told Rolling Stone in 2003. – He was sick. All I know is I had it (the 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 Elvis Through the Eyes of His Daughter exhibit, a personal portrait that included her baby shoes – her birth, exactly nine months after Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s wedding, made international news – as a also her first record player and a little white fur.

In an interview with the AP during the layover, she smiled as she recalled the time she spent with her father. She said one of her favorite items was the key used to operate the golf cart because it helped her remember when she was alone with her father, driving around the neighborhood.

“It was my life,” she said. “I wore it everywhere. When I was a kid, it was never far from me or not on me. I haven’t seen it in 35 years.”

On Thursday, Sancel Vance, 50, took a tour of Graceland that included a stop at Lisa Marie’s old swing and her son’s grave.

About an hour and a half later, Vance learned of Lisa Marie’s death; the mood at The Guest House at Graceland, the hotel where she was staying, turned somber. Vance, who decided to stop in Memphis while moving from Mississippi to California, said it was “surreal” that she was at Graceland the day Lisa Marie died.

Kristen Sainato and her husband were driving to Memphis from Cleveland when she learned of Lisa Marie’s death Thursday. She wore a black jacket with the well-known TCB zipper (short for “do business instantly,” a motto Elvis lived by) on the back as she described meeting Lisa Marie at her father’s birthday party. Sainato placed a bouquet of flowers at the front gate of Graceland, where one of the two planes is named after Lisa Marie.

– This is for Lisa, – she said.

She said Lisa Marie Presley was one of the last connections she had with her famous father.

“Everyone is shocked by this. Why? Why did this have to happen?” Said Sainato, wiping tears from her eyes as she stood in front of the stone wall that bounds the house-turned-museum. “She deserved a long, happy life.”

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