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Elvis Fans Mark Anniversary of Death

August 16, 2006

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ Fans of the King from around the world are in Memphis, Tenn., honoring the 29th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death.

Presley died of heart disease and prescription drug abuse at his Graceland mansion on Aug. 16, 1977. The singer’s fans traditionally file past his grave site at Graceland on the eve of the anniversary. A spokesman says as many as 10,000 fans could visit the mansion for this year’s vigil.

President Bush and his wife, who brought Elvis fan and Japanese leader Junichiro Koizumi to Memphis in June for a tour of Graceland, sent their regards.

The White House sent a letter to be read to the fans noting Presley’s ``special place in the cultural life of America.″ It says the anniversary gives fans around the world an opportunity to come together, share memories and celebrate Presley’s legacy.

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