Memphis, Tenn. ( Associated Press) – On a cold, gray Sunday morning in Memphis, hundreds gathered on the front lawn of Graceland to mourn and remember the life of Lisa Marie Presley, who passed away earlier this month.
Mourners lay flowers as they waited for the service to begin under tall trees on the lawn of Graceland, where Lisa Marie lived as a child with her father, Elvis Presley. The mansion, owned by Lisa Marie Presley, has become a museum and tourist attraction, where hundreds of thousands of fans come each year to celebrate the life and music of Elvis, who died in 1977.
The property, in south Memphis, was a place of sadness and dark memories on Sunday. Presley, a 54-year-old singer-songwriter dedicated to his father’s legacy, died on January 12, hours after being hospitalized for a medical emergency.
The service began with a rendition of “Amazing Grace” by Jason Clark and The Tennessee Mass Choir.
“We want to express our sincere gratitude for the love, compassion and support you have shown our family during this difficult time,” read a message from the Presley family written at the service event. “We will always be grateful to him.”
Among those expected to speak or sing during the service were Lisa Marie Presley’s mother, actress Priscilla Presley; his daughter, actress Riley Keough; Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York; and singers Billy Corgan, Alanis Morissette and Axl Rose.
Following the funeral, mourners will pass through Graceland’s Meditation Garden, where he will be buried.