Fan Dies At Sun-drenched Elvis Vigil

by | 16 August 2007

A 67-year-old woman with chronic health problems has died during a vigil marking the 30th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley.

Thousands of Elvis fans have congregated in Graceland, Memphis, braving the 105-degree heat to achieve the biggest Elvis Week in history.

The body of the dead woman was found in a trailer at the Graceland camping area and it is thought the intense heat contributed to her death.

But Elvis fans are continuing to mark the day, with Graceland draped in posters and flags with various mottos linked to the king of rock 'n' roll.

Elvis died on April 16th 1977, aged 42. He suffered a heart attack after struggling with weight problems and an addiction to prescription drugs.

About 75,000 fans have camped outside Graceland - Elvis' mansion where he died - to buy up souvenir merchandise and prepare for a special concert made up of Elvis concert footage.

A number of people have been treated by medical staff due to the hot conditions and the air-conditioned museum area is proving popular.

Many fans are dressed in the King's trademark jumpsuit, despite the hot weather, while impersonators are delivering their typical impromptu performances.

A competition for the ten best impersonators is also being run, with the winner scooping a cash prize.

16/08/2007 11:03:36


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