Elvis Presley died at the age of 42 on August 16, 1977. Mr. Presley had been found unconscious in a room at his Graceland home and was declared dead at a Tennessee hospital an hour later due to drug overdose.

A 15,000 to 20,000 devotees and fans of Elvis Presley from all over the world  including Japan, England and Germany gathered at Presley’s home  in Graceland and held a candlelight vigil to mark the 34th anniversary of the rock star.

Elvis Presley was born in a two-room house in 1935 and performed with his parents at camps and church meetings in his childhood. He began his music career in 1954 and became a national sensation in 1956 with the release of “Heartbreak Hotel” following the hits as “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Me Tender,” “All Shook Up” and “Jailhouse Rock.”

Some fans wore full Elvis outfits, others just his trademark sunglasses or sideburns. The annual vigil began when some Elvis fans traveled to Graceland the year their idol died. It grew into an organized event in 1982.

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