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Elvis Fans Mark 30th Anniversary of His Death


Thousands of fans of the late American music icon Elvis Presley are marking the 30th anniversary of his death.

Visitors from around the world are gathering at the entertainer's home in Memphis, Tennessee, waiting in long lines for a chance to view his grave.

They are visiting the sprawling Graceland estate despite high humidity and temperatures Thursday, expected as high as 40 degrees Celsius.

Fans held a candlelight vigil Wednesday night.

Presley, whose hit songs include "Heartbreak Hotel," "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Jailhouse Rock," died suddenly on August 16, 1977, at the age of 42. He suffered from heart failure brought on by a number of health problems.

Graceland has drawn tens of thousands of visitors each year since it opened to the public in 1982. Officials at the estate say the number of visitors increases dramatically as the anniversary of Presley's death nears.

A tour of the legendary entertainer's home gives visitors the chance to view exhibits showcasing his life and his penchant for the outlandish, such as his 1970s-era jumpsuits, his white fur-trimmed bed and his pink Cadillac.

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