ELVIS PRESLEY’s private casket viewing has been described by The King’s ex-girlfriend Mindi Miller during a new interview.
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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Inside Graceland’s gates, there were a ton of cars belonging to friends and family parked outside.
Mindi remembered: “We went into the front of the house and it was just a mass of people… and yet it was very quiet. That night Elvis’ body was brought back into the house.”
Having spent a night a hotel, on the morning of August 17, Mindi headed back to Graceland where everyone had the chance to have their own time viewing Elvis’ body privately.
The King’s casket was kept in the Music Room, which had curtains drawn to give everyone their quiet moment to say goodbye.
Mindi shared: “I remember going in for the first time to view him and I was scared to death.
“I didn’t know how I’d react and I walked up very trepidly by myself and I walked up to his resting place very slowly.
“I didn’t know what to expect and I looked at him in the casket and he had a beautiful white suit on. “Brinkwire Summary News”.