Aretha’s passing fell on Elvis’ 41st death anniversary — August 16, 1977 — albeit under extremely different circumstances.
As we reported … Aretha died in her Detroit home after being placed in hospice care earlier in the week. She’d been suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer, and had been gravely ill in the days leading up to her death. The singer was 76 years old.
As for Elvis, he died of a heart attack. He was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor of his Graceland home in Memphis, TN.
The two singers proved to be American icons and international fixtures in pop culture. In honor of their passings … RIP to the Queen and King.
Fans of Elvis Presley are holding flickering candles and walking quietly past the grave of the rock n’ roll pioneer on the 41st anniversary of his death.
Devotees of Presley flock to Memphis, Tennessee, every year to honor his life and career during Elvis Week. The candlelight vigil is the keystone event, with solemn mourners moving slowly past his resting place and the graves of his parents and grandmother in the Meditation Garden at his former home, Graceland.
Presley died Aug. 16, 1977 at age 42. Ever since, fans have traveled from all over the world to Graceland to honor the singer and actor. Graceland now draws about 500,000 visitors annually.
Attendance Wednesday night was lighter than during last year’s 40th anniversary vigil, but security remained tight. The vigil continues into Thursday.