Elvis Presley fans mark the 35th anniversary of his death (Photo : Reuters)
Music fans are remembering Elvis Presley, 35 years after he died from a heart attack.
Presley was 42-years-old when he passed away in the Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee.
Police estimate up to 75,000 fans lined up outside Graceland when his former wife Priscilla and daughter Lisa Marie Presley showed up for the annual vigil
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"I've always avoided this because I felt that it would be too emotional, but I really felt it was important to come down here tonight," said Lisa Marie, according to the Associated Press. "I love you very, very, very much."
The Commercial Appeal reported it was the first time both wife and daughter attended the vigil. The two thanked the crowd for continuing the legacy of Presley, nicknamed the "King."
"This is something that Elvis would never ever have believed could have taken place here," said Priscilla.
The vigil revolves around Elvis Week, where events are held in honor of Presley. A concert is planned for Thursday night featuring musicians playing along to old footage of Presley singing. Both Priscilla and Lisa Marie are expected to attend the concert.
In remembering Presley, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is showing 13 movies starring the King, including the 1972 concert film Elvis on Tour at 8 p.m. EST. Other films set for the day include Jailhouse Rock (1957), Viva Las Vegas (1964), Live a Little, Love a Little (1968), and The Trouble with Girls (1969).
TCM noted, "Dubbed "The King of Rock n' Roll," Elvis Presley transcended multiple musical genres and entertainment mediums, ultimately becoming a global phenomenon - the 20th Century personification of America's great potential, mirrored by its predisposition for self-destruction."