Elvis fans mark 40th anniversary of his death

Posted at 7:46 AM, Aug 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-16 11:18:13-04

Wednesday, August 16th marks the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death. 

A candlelight vigil at Graceland was held on Tuesday night to commemorate his death.

Fans formed a long line and slowly and solemnly walked up the driveway of Graceland to pay their respects to the late singer. They held candles and walked along the graves of Presley and his relatives at the Meditation Garden at Graceland, his former home-turned-museum in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Priscilla Presley, Elvis' former wife, and Lisa Marie Presley, their daughter, thanked the crowd for their love and dedication. 

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Elvis died in Memphis on August 16, 1977. 

This year marked the first time in nearly four decades that fans had to pay a fee to participate in the candlelight vigil, which runs into Wednesday. Fans were not happy with the $28.75 charge to walk past his grave. 

The nearly $30 will get fans a wristband to attend the vigil and access to the new $45 million entertainment complex on the Graceland grounds.