Mourners gather at Graceland for Lisa Marie Presley’s memorial

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

Presley died on January 12 at the age of 54. Earlier that day, she had been rushed to a hospital in the Los Angeles area after reportedly going into cardiac arrest at 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 had appeared with her mother, Priscilla Presley, at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, where actor Austin Butler won the Best Actor award for playing her father in the movie “Elvis.” Butler paid tribute to both women in his acceptance speech.

Presley began her 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 was married and divorced four times, including to pop star Michael Jackson and actor Nicholas Cage.

The only child of one of the biggest stars in American music, she was 9 years old when Elvis Presley died of heart failure at Graceland in 1977 at the age of 42. 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 had described herself as “devastated” by the death of her son.

Following the funeral, a public memorial service is scheduled for 9 a.m. CST (3 p.m. GMT) in the front yard of Graceland, 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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