Elvis Presley: Priscilla and Lisa Marie discuss singer in 2012
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Elvis Presley’s home of Graceland has been open to the public for tours since 1982, but understandably the upstairs remains off-limits. Not only were those rooms The King’s private space in life, but also where he died on August 16, 1977, at the age of just 42. Always the night owl, Elvis lived his final day from the evening before into the early hours of that morning, when he saw his daughter Lisa Marie for the final time.
After a dentist’s appointment in Memphis, Elvis Presley drove back to Graceland arriving back around midnight in his 1973 Stutz Blackhawk III.
Around 3:30am, he called up his cousin Billy Smith and his wife Jo for a game of racquetball with Ginger Alden.
On his private court, The King played Billy, while Ginger and Jo had a go afterwards.
While in the lower lounge area later on, Elvis began playing and singing Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain and Unchained Melody – the last songs he ever sang.
Both cover tracks, Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain features on Elvis’ 1976 album From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee.
While Unchained Melody is the opening track on The King’s final record, 1977’s Moody Blue.
Around 6:15am, the two couples left the racquetball court to return to the main house.
In a recent virtual live tour of Graceland, archivist Angie Marchese recounted what Elvis did next after playing the piano that fans can still see there to this day.
Angie shared: “He then left this building and went back up to the mansion, going through the Jungle Room door.
“He met Lisa and said he was going upstairs to get some rest as Lisa was just starting her day.
“Unfortunately it was that afternoon that Elvis passed away.”
Lisa Marie herself has previously shared how she was supposed to be asleep that dawn, but had a chance for her father to kiss her goodnight one last time.
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Lisa Marie said in one interview: “I was supposed to be asleep, actually.
“He found me and [told me] ‘Go to bed.’ I said ‘Ok.’ I think he kissed me again and then I ran off.
“He came in and kissed me good night after that. That was the last time I saw him alive.”
Elvis then went upstairs to bed with Ginger, but around lunchtime, he’d gone to the bathroom to read a copy of Frank Adams’ The Scientific Search for the Face of Jesus on the toilet.
Around 1:30pm, Ginger woke up and released that Elvis wasn’t in bed and that’s when she found him dead on the bathroom floor, having suffered a fatal heart attack.
Lisa Marie remembered: “His body was in the house for three days and there was something oddly comforting about that which made it not necessarily real for me.
“I stayed in there with it almost the whole time.”
Elvis’ funeral took place just two days later and the star was buried next to his mother in Forest Hill Cemetery before both were moved to Graceland’s Meditation Garden where they are to this day.
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