Elvis death: Graceland’s private casket viewing described – ‘King was as handsome as ever’

Elvis Presley: Fans gather at Graceland for funeral in 1977

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Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977 of a heart attack on the toilet aged just 42. The King was found on the floor of his Graceland upstairs bathroom by his final girlfriend Ginger Alden. As the tragic news spread, friends and family found out and flew to Memphis for the imminent funeral.

Among them, was Elvis’ ex-girlfriend Mindi Miller, who he dated for a time between 1975-6.

The King’s private jet the Lisa Marie was set to transport family and friends based in Los Angeles, but it was full, so Memphis Mafia member Joe Esposito arranged a seat for her on an American Airlines flight.

Speaking with Elvis expert Billy Stallings Spa Guy, Mindi shared how upon landing she was picked up by one of The King’s inner circle before being driven to Graceland on the eve of his death.

The 71-year-old shared: “I will never forget the way the streets looked. It was just hordes of people deep, you couldn’t even see the street. And everywhere I looked it was just masses of humanity.”

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