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Owner of offbeat Elvis museum found dead

July 17, 2014

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — A man who converted his U.S. home into a cluttered, quirky Elvis Presley shrine was found dead Thursday on the front porch, two days after police said he fatally shot a man who forced his way into the museum.

A motorist called police Thursday morning after seeing Paul MacLeod, 71, slumped in a chair outside the shrine known as Graceland Too, said Marshall County Coroner James Richard Anderson. He said there was no blood or trauma to MacLeod’s body.

“It appears to be natural causes but it is pending until we get the autopsy,” Anderson said.

MacLeod’s death comes two days after police say he killed Dwight Taylor, 28, at the 1850s home. Police questioned and released MacLeod. No charges were filed. MacLeod’s attorney Phillip Knecht said Taylor forced his way inside and demanded money, and the two men fought before the shooting.

Graceland Too — which is not affiliated with the original Graceland or the Presley estate — became a pilgrimage for fans. People could arrive at any hour, pay $5 and get a tour from the hyper-caffeinated MacLeod, who said in 2009 that he drank 24 cans of Coca-Cola a day. His home holds a floor-to-ceiling mix of photos, records, figurines, cardboard cutouts, clocks and other random items featuring Elvis.

“My ex-wife told me, ‘Make up your mind. Either me or the Elvis collection.’ So that put an end to that,” MacLeod, who named his son after the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, told The Associated Press in 2009.

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Associated Press writer Jack Elliott Jr. contributed to this report.

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