On a dark, chilly Sunday morning in Memphis, hundreds of people gathered on the front lawn of Graceland to grieve and remember Lisa Marie Presley, who died earlier this month.
Some mourners clutched flowers as they waited for the funeral to begin on the lawn of Graceland, where Lisa Marie grew up with her father, Elvis Presley. Lisa Marie Presley’s residence has been transformed into a museum and tourist attraction that attracts hundreds of thousands of admirers each year to commemorate Elvis Presley’s life and music, who died in 1977.
On Sunday, the property in south Memphis was a site of melancholy and dark memories. Presley, a 54-year-old singer-songwriter who was committed to her father’s legacy, died on Jan. 12, only hours after being admitted to the hospital for a medical emergency.
The event opened with a rendition of “Amazing Grace” by Jason Clark and The Tennessee Mass Choir.
“We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for the love, compassion, and support you have shown our family during this difficult time,” said a message from the Presley family written on the program for the service. “We will always be grateful.”
Lisa Marie Presley’s mother, actress Priscilla Presley; her daughter, actress Riley Keough; Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York; and artists Billy Corgan, Alanis Morissette, and Axl Rose are among those scheduled to speak or sing at the funeral.
Mourners will march through Graceland’s Meditation Garden after the funeral, where she will be put to rest.
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