Mourners gather at Graceland for Lisa Marie Presley’s memorial

(Reuters) – Mourners were heading to Graceland on Sunday morning to pay their respects to singer Lisa Marie Presley at the Memphis, Tennessee mansion she inherited from her father, rock legend Elvis Presley.

Presley died on January 12 at the age of 54. Earlier in the day, she had been rushed to a Los Angeles-area hospital after apparently suffering cardiac arrest at her home. She is survived by her daughters, actress Riley Keough and 14-year-old twins Finley and Harper Lockwood.

Two days before her death, she appeared with her mother, Priscilla Presley, at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, where actor Austin Butler won Best Actor for portraying his father in the movie “Elvis “. Butler paid tribute to both women in his acceptance speech.

Presley began his music career in the 2000s with two albums, “To Whom It May Concern” and “Now What,” which made the top 10 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

She has been married and divorced four times, including pop star Michael Jackson and actor Nicholas Cage.

She was the only child of one of America’s biggest music stars and was 9 when Elvis Presley died of heart failure aged 42 in 1977 at Graceland. The mansion is now a popular tourist attraction.

Elvis Presley and other members of his family are buried in Graceland’s Meditation Garden.

Lisa Marie Presley will also be buried there next to the grave of her son, Benjamin Keough, who died in 2020 at age 27, a death ruled a suicide by the Los Angeles County coroner. In a recent essay, she described herself as “destroyed” by the death of her son.

After the burial, a public memorial service is to be held on the Graceland lawn at 9:00 a.m. CST (1500 GMT), followed by a procession past Lisa Marie Presley’s grave.

(Reporting by Jonathan Allen in New York; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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