40 Years After Elvis' Death, Thousands of Fans Still 'Can't Help Falling in Love' With Singer
Thousands of fans flocked to Graceland to mark the milestone, but were not too thrilled about that $28.75 fee.
Thousands of fans have brought their burning love to Graceland to mark the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death Tuesday night.
Elvis' wife of six years, Priscilla, spoke to the crowd saying: "This is the largest anniversary we have ever, ever had, so I want to say thank you all. You are keeping Elvis Presley alive. It's been 40 years, which is so difficult for me to believe. It doesn't seem that long.”
Photos, flowers and teddy bears decorated the candlelight vigil outside the iconic Memphis mansion of the so-called "King of Rock and Roll" while his top-charting songs filled the evening air.
His only child, Lisa Marie, shared an intimate moment with mourners, lighting their candles as they walked by.
The "Heartbreak Hotel" singer died in his bathroom at Graceland from what was ruled a heart attack on August 16, 1977.
America was in shock as news reports proclaimed, “Elvis Has Left the Building.”
Along with the sorrow came controversy, as fans were charged an entrance fee of $28.75 for first time.
The fee granted fans an “Elvis Week Property Pass,” which gave them a chance to walk up the long driveway and past the grave of the “Hound Dog” singer, as well those of his relatives.
The wristband also provided access to a new $45 million entertainment complex at the Memphis tourist attraction.
"Elvis would be so angry," one fan posted on social media.
"In order to keep everyone safe and ensure an enjoyable and meaningful event for all, we have worked closely with local, state and federal security authorities to establish new procedures that have been widely used across the U.S.," Graceland said in a statement to the Associated Press.
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