Thousands of Elvis fans flock to Graceland
Priscilla Presley, left, Elvis Presley's ex-wife, and Lisa Marie Presley, right, the daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, speak to fans gathered at a candlelight vigil at Graceland. Picture: AP Photo/Mark Humphrey.

Elvis Presley's ex-wife Priscilla and their daughter, Lisa Marie, have greeted thousands of fans who flocked to Graceland for a candlelight vigil marking the 35th anniversary of the singer's death.

The vigil opened Wednesday night after Priscilla Presley thanked the crowd for their enduring admiration of the rock'n'roll icon. Lisa Marie Presley said she avoided making appearances at past vigils because she always thought they would be too emotional.

This was the first time both women had appeared together at the annual candlelight vigil, a tradition dating back to the early 1980s.

Elvis admirers from around the globe flock each August to Graceland, where the singer is buried.

Presley died at age 42 on August 16, 1977, after years of prescription drug abuse.

The West Australian

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