Elvis admirers remember his death 42 years ago with vigil
A procession of fans passes by Graceland while visiting Elvis Presley's grave during the annual Elvis Week candlelight vigil to honor the 42nd anniversary of the rock 'n' roll icon's death, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (Jim Weber/Daily Memphian via AP)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Elvis Presley fans carrying lit candles in the Tennessee night are visiting the rock 'n' roll icon's grave at Graceland during the annual vigil commemorating his death 42 years ago.
Presley admirers from all over the world descend on Memphis every year to honour his life and career during Elvis Week.
The vigil is the week's cornerstone event, with silent mourners filing slowly past his resting place and the graves of his parents and grandmother in the Meditation Garden at his former home, Graceland. The vigil started Thursday night and runs throughout the night into Friday.
Presley died on Aug. 16, 1977. But the singer and actor's likeness and voice continue to appear in movies, TV shows, plays and music box sets.
The Graceland tourist attraction draws about 500,000 visitors annually.