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    Train star Charlie Colin dies at 58 after ‘falling in shower’ as fans pay tribute to band’s founding member

    CHARLIE Colin, one of the founding members of the ’90s pop rock band Train, has died suddenly at the age of 58.The musician’s mother revealed Charlie died after he slipped and fell in the shower.Charlie Colin, founding member of the ’90s pop rock band Train, died at 58Credit: GettyCharlie was house-sitting for a friend and was found days later when they returned home from their tripCredit: GettyThe bass player left Train in 2003 after he was given an ultimatum by the band for his substance abuseCredit: GettyCharlie was house-sitting for a friend in Brussels, Belgium, at the time of the incident, which is currently unknown.The bass player was found nearly five days later when the friends returned home from their trip.Charlie formed the pop band in 1993 alongside Pat Monahan, Scott Underwood, Rob Hotchkiss, and Jimmy Stafford.Train became known for numerous hits such as Drops of Jupiter, Careless Whisperer, and Hey, Soul Sister.The band reached No. 6. on the Billboard 200 list for Drops of Jupiter, which also went on to win two Grammy Awards in 2002.In 2003, Charlie was given an ultimatum for his substance abuse and was ultimately forced to leave the band.“I had a really great run, but it was difficult,” Charlie previously told the Los Angeles Times about his time with the band.FAN SUPPORTFans of Charlie and the band have since been offering their condolences for his family.Most read in Celebrity”Damn, that’s sad. Train had some great hits. RIP Charlie Colin,” one person wrote on X, formerly Twitter.”Sending my condolences to his friends and family very sad,” tweeted a second.The band went on to win two Grammy Awards in 2002 for their hit song Drops of JupiterCredit: Getty”My sincere condolences on the passing of Charlie Colin,” a third said.”That’s so sad. Train was such a big part of my teenage years. RIP Charlie Colin,” tweeted another.CHARLIE OPENS UPIn an interview in 2022, Charlie shared a glimpse at the highs and lows he faced as a rockstar throughout his career.Charlie detailed his interest in music during his childhood, explaining how every step he took ultimately led him to form the ’90s rock band.After rebranding the band to Train and having his first few incredibly successful years, Charlie said he morphed into a “worldly guy.””I ended up being accomplished and successful,” he said on the Power Players with Dan Clark podcast.”At the same time, because I was always in a band with a schedule and somewhere to be and most of the people around me were either buying a ticket to see us or are working for that organization or something, I didn’t get a lot of people telling me the truth about myself. “I didn’t grow up in a lot of ways,” he also admitted.Charlie added that he “didn’t want to live in the past” but tended to draw on it, which wasn’t healthy for him.He added that he was an overachiever when it came to the band and learned how to play every instrument he could.When asked about what he learned most when looking back, Charlie responded, “Sometimes I would try and position myself to be successful, and then see what that would look like and make decisions based on that. “I wish I would have thought about what is good and beautiful, and where I could be the most effective and even helpful. I am now.”READ MORE SUN STORIESHe then addressed his exit from the Train, saying he didn’t want to jeopardize his identity at the time.”When I left Train, I went out because my ego and my identity were all at stake and I was thinking about that too much,” he said.Charlie previously opened up about his rockstar life in a 2022 podcast appearance, where he detailed how his childhood was heavily influenced by musicCredit: GettyCharlie admitted his decision to leave Train ultimately came from him wanting to save both his identity and his egoCredit: Getty More

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    Losing Graceland to dodgy loan sharks would be Elvis drama’s most lurid twist yet – and could have a sickening impact

    “IT’S a Scam!”Those were the three simple but highly evocative words that Priscilla Presley posted to her Instagram on Tuesday, emblazoned over a photo of Graceland, her late ex-husband Elvis Presley’s famous home.Elvis Presley’s home Graceland could be sold off on ThursdayCredit: RedfernsPiers interviewed Elvis’ wife, Priscilla, last yearCredit: SUPPLIEDPiers can still remember vividly the moment he learned the news that Elvis had diedThe iconic singer definitely passed away on August 16, 1977.And it was one of those profound events in cultural history that you never forget. Watch Piers’ explosive interviews on his Uncensored YouTube channel hereI was just twelve years old at the time but can still vividly remember finding out the shocking news by seeing a newspaper billboard screaming “ELVIS DEAD AT 42!” as I walked along the seafront in Hastings, East Sussex, where I’d spent the day shrimping with my family.Read more from PiersIt was a stunning moment, and we all just stood there in disbelief.Elvis was the biggest star on the planet, and arguably the greatest icon in music history.And now he was gone, at such a horribly young age.She wasn’t, as some unhinged internet conspiracy theorists instantly rushed to assume, casting aspersions on whether Elvis is actually dead.Most read in CelebrityLittle did we know then that his death, far from ending the Elvis phenomenon, would massively fuel it – sparking nearly five decades of drama, tragedy, gossip and conspiracies.In a plot twist that would befit any lurid TV soap opera, Graceland could potentially be lost forever to a mysterious firm named Naussany Investments and Private Lending LLC that has no apparent physical address but only various P.O. boxes in MissouriPiers MorganBut throughout those tumultuous 46 years, Elvis has lain in the same place, in the grounds of his legendary mansion home of Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.He paid $102,500 for it in 1957 and lived there until he died.Such is its cultural importance, it was added to America’s National Register of Historic Places in 1991 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006, the first rock-n-roll site to be named to both lists. More than 600,000 people flock to Graceland each year to pay homage to him, and to see memorabilia like his private plane, 20-car collection including his pink Cadillac, and pool table (on which he claimed never to have lost a game).Elvis’ Graceland home up for auction after Lisa Marie Presley ‘failed to pay back $3.8m loan’ as family files lawsuit_It’s the second most-visited home in the United States, after the White House.Those visitors included another singing legend Paul Simon who said after his secret trip: “When you finish the tour, and you come outside, there’s his grave and it said, ‘Elvis Presley whose music touched millions of people all around the world.’ And I read it, and I just started to cry. … Being in the crowds that come to Graceland, it’s almost like a religious thing about Elvis.”He was so moved he wrote a best-selling song about it.Now that home is at the centre of perhaps the greatest Elvis scandal of them all, as his family fight desperately to stop it slipping into the hands of a ruthless American investment company.Elvis paid $102,500 for the mansion in 1957 and lived there until he diedCredit: Michael Ochs Archives – GettyNaussany Investments claim Graceland was used as collateral for a £3 million loan taken out by Lisa Marie with them in 2018, but which they say was never repaidCredit: GettyElvis and Priscilla with baby Lisa Marie in 1968Credit: AlamyIn a plot twist that would befit any lurid TV soap opera, Graceland could potentially be lost forever to a mysterious firm named Naussany Investments and Private Lending LLC that has no apparent physical address but only various P.O. boxes in Missouri.A listed phone number for them is no longer in service.Family drama sparked disputeThe firelighter for this dispute was the sudden death last year of Elvis’s daughter Lisa Marie Presley, from heart failure aged just 54.Lisa had inherited Graceland when her father died, and on her own death, it passed to her daughter, Hollywood actress Riley Keough.But then Naussany Investments came forward to claim that Graceland was used as collateral for a £3 million loan taken out by Lisa Marie with them in 2018, but which they say was never repaid.And, as a consequence, Naussany put Graceland up for sale in a foreclosure auction that was due to take place this week.Furious Riley had taken emergency legal moves to stop the sale, saying that her mother never signed anything, nor borrowed any money, and claiming that Naussany Investments doesn’t even exist.And crucially, the notary – an official who would witness such a document being signed – says it never happened and she never even met Lisa Marie.Riley won a temporary restraining order on Monday and is pushing for a full injunction to prevent any disposal of Graceland to the highest cash bidder.A spokesman for Graceland and Elvis Presley Enterprises, which manages the mansion business and much of his estate, said in a statement: “Elvis Presley Enterprises can confirm that these claims are fraudulent. There is no foreclosure sale. Simply put, the counter lawsuit has been filed to stop the fraud.”And that precipitated Priscilla’s own much shorter statement: “It’s a Scam!”Fans’ horrorHowever this legal battle ends up, the idea of Graceland possibly being taken from Elvis’s family has horrified his vast army of fans.After all, this is where the King is buried, although not initially.Two days after his death, he was interred next to his mother Gladys, at Memphis’ Forest Hill Cemetery.But after an attempt was made to steal his 900lb, steel-lined, copper-plated coffin and hold the remains for ransom, Elvis and Gladys were moved to Graceland.Elvis is buried at Graceland, along with other members of his familyCredit: APLisa had inherited Graceland when her father died, and on her own death, it passed to her daughter, Hollywood actress Riley KeoughCredit: GettyLisa Marie, and her son Benjamin are also buried at Graceland’s Meditation GardenCredit: GettyAnd that is where many of his other family are buried too, including his grandmother, his father, Lisa Marie, and Lisa Marie’s son Benjamin who shot and killed himself in 2020.Their burial plots are all together in the eight-bed, eight-bathroom Graceland compound’s Meditation Garden, located behind the main house, which is why the surviving members feel so strongly, and protectively about it.When I interviewed Priscilla for Piers Morgan Uncensored last year, to coincide with the release of the movie about her life, she’d just resolved her own legal dispute with Riley to clear up the unresolved financial mess left by Lisa Marie’s unexpected and untimely death.Priscilla, who Lisa Marie appointed as the Elvis estate manager and co-trustee 25 years ago, contested the validity of her daughter’s will, which included an amendment from 2016 to remove Priscilla as trustee, and appoint Riley and her brother Benjamin as ‘successor co-trustees.’When my mom passed there was a lot of chaos in every respect of our lives. Everything felt like the carpet had been ripped out and the floor had melted from under usRiley KeoghPriscilla had never been informed of this amendment, and it even spelled her name wrong.But it was all settled amicably with Riley paying her grandmother $1 million, and $400,000 in legal costs, and becoming the sole trustee of the estate including Graceland which thanks to Priscilla’s determination to keep Elvis’s legacy alive now generates over $100 million a year.Priscilla is also a paid special adviser to the trust.Riley told Vanity Fair: “When my mom passed there was a lot of chaos in every respect of our lives. Everything felt like the carpet had been ripped out and the floor had melted from under us. Everyone was in a bit of a panic to understand how we move forward, and it took a minute to understand the details of the situation, because it was complicated. “We are a family but there’s a huge business side of our family, so I think there was clarity that needed to be had, and clarity has been had. “Things with grandma will be happy, they have never not been happy. She’s a beautiful woman and she was a huge part of creating my grandfather’s legacy in Graceland. “It was very important to her. He was the love of her life. Anything that would suggest otherwise in the press makes me sad, because at the end of the day, all she wants is to love and protect Graceland and the Presley family and the legacy, that’s her whole life, it’s a big responsibility she is trying to take on. “None of that stuff has ever really been a part of our relationship prior, she’s just been my grandma.”When I read these words to Priscilla, she instantly welled up.”I never read that, wow. I am going to cry again. I love her. We have always gotten along. It was a little bit of trying to figure out the will, like you normally do, but Riley and I have always been close. I think Riley will be great, she has asked me a few things about what to do. I want to help her with Graceland. She has a great head on her shoulders. I trust her.”And when I asked Priscilla if one day she’d like to be buried alongside Elvis at Graceland, she replied emphatically: “Yes.”Then laughed: “But not right now!”I can only begin to imagine how hurt she and Riley must currently be feeling at this attempt to snatch Graceland away from them.They must be thinking the same thing as me: if it happens, what the hell happens to all the bodies buried there, and especially to Elvis?This afternoon a judge granted the family a temporary injunction to stop the sale… for now.Well I hope it’s blocked for good.Because the King’s memory, and his legacy, and his home, cannot be lost to a bunch of dodgy loan sharks.READ MORE SUN STORIESAnd my message to those sharks?Don’t be cruel.When Piers asked Priscilla if one day she’d like to be buried alongside Elvis at Graceland, she replied emphatically: “Yes”Credit: Talk TVPriscilla told Piers that she and Riley had always been closeCredit: Getty More

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    Inside bitter $500m row that could see Elvis’ Graceland home sold off TOMORROW & real reason King’s body is still there

    PERCHED on a secluded hilltop behind towering Corinthian columns, Graceland was Elvis Presley’s sanctuary for two decades.But tomorrow the grand mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, where the King of Rock ’n’ Roll and most of his family are buried, could be sold to pay off his late daughter’s £3million debt.Elvis at Graceland in 1957, the year he bought itCredit: GettyFans queue to enter Graceland mansion in MemphisCredit: AFPElvis in his beloved home, which was his sanctuary for two decadesCredit: SIPA USAThe 120-acre property, the second most visited home in the United States after The White House, has been put on the market by an investment firm.It claims that Lisa Marie Presley, who died in January last year, used Graceland as collateral when securing a loan.The treasured home, valued at half a billion dollars, can only be kept in the family if a last-minute legal challenge by his granddaughter Riley Keough succeeds.Hollywood actress Riley, whose films include Mad Max: Fury Road, claims Naussany Investments and Private Lending has no right to sell Graceland.READ MORE IN SHOWBIZHer lawyers described the documents provided by Naussany as “fraudulent” and claimed Lisa Marie’s signatures were “forgeries”.Riley, 34, is the sole heir to Graceland and has found herself in the midst of legal battles since her mum died suddenly aged 54.They have included a tussle with her grandmother Priscilla Presley over the rock legend’s fortune.Lisa lived an extravagant lifestyle and racked up huge debts at different points in her life.Most read in CelebrityIt was often the income provided by Graceland, where VIP tours cost £188 a ticket, that bailed her out.Rags to richesRiley, though, alleges in court documents: “The purported note and deed of trust are products of fraud and those individuals who were involved in the creation of such documents are believed to be guilty of the crime of forgery.”Inside Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion with bizarre ‘Jungle Room’ and iconic entrance gateElvis bought Graceland in 1957 for £80,000 with the money from a new record contract, and it demonstrated his rags to riches story.He was born in a shack in Tupelo 115 miles away 22 years earlier. His new, palatial, 1939 property had a sweeping driveway with marble lions and eight bedrooms.Situated in Whitehaven, this was to be a home for his beloved mum Gladys and dad Vernon.Priscilla, who moved there in 1963, said: “To him, having Graceland was a tangible symbol of how far he had come from his very humble beginnings.”To him, having Graceland was a tangible symbol of how far he had come from his very humble beginningsPriscillaThe grand mansion’s highlight is the Jungle Room, with a lush green carpet and stone waterfalCredit: AlamySome of Elvis’ stage gear is also on display at GracelandCredit: AlamyThe star’s home also features this stunning pool roomCredit: AlamyHe soon set about adding opulent touches such as crystal chandeliers and a marble table, and new rooms including a racquetball court.Visitors can see the distinctive 1970s style choices that you might expect from a man who wore rhinestone- encrusted jumpsuits on stage.The highlight is the Jungle Room, with a lush green carpet and stone waterfall, which was the King’s man cave where he watched TV.He also added music-themed gates where he would often meet fans who congregated outside.Elvis is said to have loved Graceland so much that when he lived in hotels on tour, he asked for the rooms to be remodelled so they were similar to his own bedroom.Hide his problemsBut it also became a place where he could hide his problems from the world.He would rarely get out of bed before 4pm and would rely on upper and downer drugs to regulate his mood.In the early hours of August 16, 1977, he was found dead after consuming a reported 14 substances. He was 42.As a result, his only child, nine-year-old Lisa Marie, became the new owner of Graceland.Despite being the most famous singer on the planet, with countless hits under his white leather belt, Elvis had less than £4million in the bank.It was Lisa who turned Graceland into a tourist spot and set up Elvis Presley Enterprises to monetise his image.Her father’s other legacy proved to be her drug problems and addiction to spending.In 2005, her financial adviser sold 85 per cent of Elvis Presley Enterprises in order to pay off more than £15million in debts.Years later, court papers suggested she was £13million in the red and had defaulted on a mortgage for her Grade II listed home here in East Sussex, which had a swimming pool, cinema and 11 bedrooms.It was around this time, in 2018, that Naussany Investments claimed that Lisa Marie Presley borrowed £3million from the firm. After that, her problems only mounted.Straining her finances was a five year legal battle with her fourth and final husband, Michael Lockwood.The couple, who shared 15-year-old twins Harper and Finley, filed for divorce in 2016, but the money situation wasn’t settled until 2021.Lisa Marie, whose other husbands include actor Nicolas Cage and Michael Jackson, was spending a reported £70,000 a month before she died. Her bills included a loan for a Maserati sports car and she also owed the US taxman £800,000.We are a family, but there’s also a huge business side of our familyRileyBut the money brought in by Graceland should have been enough to keep the wolves from the door.The mother of four was in a lot of turmoil in her final months, grieving the death of son Benjamin Keough, who shot himself in 2020 aged 27. Drugs, though, played no part in her demise, with a coroner stating that the cause of death was a cardiac arrest brought on as result of previous surgery.She was laid to rest in the circular Meditation Garden behind Graceland, alongside her father and son Benjamin.Elvis was originally buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, but his remains were moved to his former family home after grave robbers attempted to steal his coffin.Unravelling the complex finances of the Presley clan has been a nightmare for the level-headed Riley.There was said to be a row with her grandmother Priscilla about how much everyone got.’A lot of chaos’The actress, who rarely talks about her famous heritage, said: “When my mom passed there was a lot of chaos in every aspect of our lives.“Everything felt like the carpet had been ripped out and the floor had melted from under us.“We are a family, but there’s also a huge business side of our family.“So I think that there was clarity that needed to be had.”An agreement was reached last June where Priscilla reportedly received an £800,000 sum, while Riley was named the sole trustee for Lisa Marie’s estate.Now her legal team is taking on Naussany, which filed a lawsuit in September claiming it had the right to sell Graceland.Earlier this month, Riley’s lawyers stated in court documents that “Lisa Marie Presley never borrowed money from Naussany Investments and never gave a deed of trust to Naussany Investments”.She went further by questioning whether the investment firm was “a real entity”.On Sunday, a notice was placed in Memphis newspapers informing the public that Graceland would be put up for auction this Thursday at Shelby County Courthouse.A judge has granted a temporary injunction preventing the sale and a hearing today will take place in a bid to settle the matter.READ MORE SUN STORIESElvis Presley Enterprises said in a statement: “These claims are fraudulent.“There is no foreclosure sale. Simply put, the counter lawsuit has been filed to stop the fraud.”Elvis, Priscilla and baby Lisa Marie at their home in 1970Credit: GettyElvis’s grave in the garden at Graceland alongside family membersCredit: Rex Features More

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    Godfather Part II producer and Megalopolis casting director Fred Roos dead at 89

    FRED Roos, the Oscar winning producer of films like The Godfather Part II and Apocalypse Now, has died.The Hollywood legend, who often worked closely with director Francis Ford Coppola, was 89.Oscar winning producer Fred Roos has died at 89Credit: GettyFred worked with Hollywood elite including Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning and Sofia CoppolaCredit: GettyFred started his career as a casting director for classic films including American Graffiti. He is credited with helping discover acting legends like Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Carrie Fisher, and Richard Dreyfuss, according to Variety.After forming a bond with Francis, Fred would partner with the director on several projects.He would also serve another important role for the movie maker – babysitter to a young Sofia Coppola. Most recently, Fred served as casting director and executive producer on Francis’s upcoming film Megalopolis, which premiered last week at the Cannes Film Festival.Outside of his work with the acclaimed filmmaker, Fred served as a casting consultant on the first Star Wars film. At the time, Fred convinced George Lucas to let a young actor who happened to be doing some cabinetry work for him audition for the space opera, Variety reports.That actor was Harrison Ford.Most read in Celebrity”I had already brought him to George’s attention in American Graffiti,” Fred told Entertainment Weekly about Harrison. “Even though he was terrific, it was all night shooting and he’d only worked maybe 10 days on the whole movie. George hadn’t really gotten to know him.”Fred died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills, a publicist announced.The ‘Godfather’ cast reunite 45 years after the movie was releasedHe is survived by his wife, Nancy Drew, and son and producing partner, Alexander “Sandy” Roos.Fred’s passing comes on the heels of another Coppola loss. Oscar-winning film director Roger Corman died last week at the age of 98.The cult classic creator hired such aspiring filmmakers as Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard, James Cameron and Martin Scorsese.Fred helped Harrison Ford become a starCredit: GettyRoger was an influential figure in independent cinema and directed the 1960 classic The Little Shop of Horrors.”He was generous, open-hearted and kind to all those who knew him,” His daughter Catherine Corman said in a statement.”When asked how he would like to be remembered, he said, ‘I was a filmmaker, just that,'” she added.ROGER’S LEGACYThe roots of Hollywood’s golden age in the 1970s can be found in Roger’s films.Actor Jack made his film debut as the title character in a 1958 Corman quickie, The Cry Baby Killer, and stayed with the company for biker, horror and action films, writing and producing some of them.Other actors whose careers began in Corman movies included Robert De Niro, Bruce Dern and Ellen Burstyn.Peter Fonda’s appearance in The Wild Angels was a precursor to his own landmark biker movie, Easy Rider, co-starring Nicholson and fellow Corman alumnus Dennis Hopper.In 2009, Corman received an honorary Academy Award.READ MORE SUN STORIES”There are many constraints connected with working on a low budget, but at the same time there are certain opportunities,” Corman said in a 2007 documentary about Val Lewton, the 1940s director of Cat People and other underground classics.”You can gamble a little bit more. You can experiment. You have to find a more creative way to solve a problem or to present a concept,” he said.He also worked closely with friend Francis Ford Coppola and Adam Driver on MegapolisCredit: GettyAnother Francis notable, Roger Corman, died on May 9, surrounded by family at home in Santa MonicaCredit: GETTY More

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    Who owns the Graceland estate now? Meet Riley Keough, granddaughter and sole owner of Elvis Presley’s Memphis mansion

    FOLLOWING the untimely death of Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie, many wondered what happened to Graceland.The granddaughter of the King of Rock and Roll inherited the iconic Memphis mansion and its priceless contents from her mother — but reports emerged in May 2024 that it was being put up for action.Graceland, Elvis Presley’s home in Memphis, TennesseCredit: AP:Associated PressWho owns Graceland now?After the death of Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie on January 12, 2023, her daughter Riley Keough inherited the Tennesse estate.The 54-year-old tragically suffered a cardiac arrest at her home in Calabasas, California.It is not getting sold. Graceland was given to me and will always be mine. And then passed to my children. It will never be soldLisa Marie PresleyUSA TodayParamedics tried to revive the singer and she was rushed to the hospital before she sadly died.Long before her death, Lisa Marie told USA Today: “Sometimes there are rumours about [Graceland] being sold. And that is NEVER going to happen. There’s always a rumour. Read More on Elvis Presley”It is not getting sold. Graceland was given to me and will always be mine. And then passed to my children.”It will never be sold.”But the property is due to be sold at auction on Thursday May 23, 2024 — although Elvis’ granddaughter is trying to halt the court-approved sale.Riley claims the company behind the foreclosure auction has no right to it, local CBS affiliate WREG reports.Most read in ShowbizNaussany Investments and Private Lending claim Keough’s mother, Lisa Marie Presley, took out a $3.8million loan in 2018 and used Graceland as collateral.It claims Lisa Marie signed a Deed of Trust to secure the loan, alleging that she never paid the debt back before her death.Riley argues the loan is fake and insists it was not executed by her mother.“These documents are fraudulent,” her lawsuit, filed on May 15 in Shelby County Chancery Court, states.The sign for Graceland, Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, TennesseeCredit: GettyShe claims the signatures on the deed are forged and alleges that Naussany Investments is not a real entity.In the lawsuit, she claims the lawyer involved in the deed has denied verifying Lisa Marie’s signature or ever meeting her.A temporary restraining order to halt the sale was granted by the court on May 20, and an injunction hearing is set for May 22. Do family still stay at Graceland?Archivist Angie Marchese has given details about what the family gets up to when they are at the mansion.In 2021 the expert said: “The family… do not stay here at Graceland but they do come here and visit.“They don’t use Elvis and Priscilla’s china, we do have new china which we’ve purchased for Lisa to use when she’s here.”Elvis lived at the property until his death on August 16, 1977, when he was found unconscious after suffering a heart attack. He was only 42 years old.Elvis Presley’s dining room in GracelandCredit: GettyHow much is Graceland worth?Most of the money comes in through Graceland, which earns around $10 million (£8.3 million) annually during a typical year.It brings in more than 600,000 visitors each year and is the second most visited home in the US after the White House.All in all, the property is worth anywhere between $400million to $500million (£315million to £394million), according to a 2020 report by Rolling Stone.As of 2024, IAmGoldPanda values the estate between $400million and $600million (£315million and £472million).Who was the last person to live at Graceland?After his passing, Elvis’s daughter, Lisa Marie, was named the sole beneficiary of the estate.As she was only nine years old at the time of his death in 1977, the executor of the estate became her grandfather Vernon Presley. Vernon died in 1979, and Lisa Marie’s mother Priscilla realised something had to be done otherwise they’d be forced to sell the mansion.In 1982, the estate was opened up to the public for tours and the ownership of the property remained in a trust before it eventually dissolved on Lisa Marie’s 25th birthday.She took full ownership of Graceland in 1993.READ MORE SUN STORIESVernon’s sister Delta Presley Biggs was the last person to live in the historic estate.Aunt Delta moved into the house in 1966 following the death of her husband, staying there even after it was opened up to the public, and she remained there until she passed away in 1993. More

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    Update in probe into unexpected death of BBC radio DJ Steve Wright aged 69

    NO inquest will be held into the death of Radio 2 DJ Steve Wright, a coroner’s court has said.The veteran BBC presenter died at the age of 69 in February.DJ Steve Wright’s death will not be investigated by an inquest, a coroner’s court has revealedCredit: PAWestminster coroner’s court said: “An inquest will not be required for Mr Wright.“The coroner has now discontinued this case.”Coroners investigate sudden, violent or ­unnatural deaths such as an accident or suicide.They can also decide to hold an inquest into a natural death in circumstances such as neglect.READ MORE ON STEVE WRIGHTThe Met had said the death at a flat in the Marylebone area of central London “was unexpected, but is not being treated as suspicious”.Wright first joined BBC Radio 1 in 1980 to host a Saturday evening show and held various positions including an afternoon show and a breakfast show at the station.He had a stint at commercial radio before returning to BBC Radio 2 in 1996 to host Steve Wright’s Saturday Show and Sunday Love Songs and three years later presented Steve Wright In The Afternoon every weekday on Radio 2.Wright stepped down in September 2022, replaced by Scott Mills in a schedule shake-up, but the star continued to present Sunday Love Songs on BBC Radio 2.Most read in CelebrityMichael Ball has since been announced as the host of a Sunday love songs show, which has been retitled Love Songs With Michael Ball.Wright was made an MBE in the 2024 New Year Honours for services to radio.Steve Wright’s friend claims radio legend ‘died of a broken heart’ following BBC reshuffle More

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    Frank Ifield dead at 86: Music legend who helped give The Beatles their start passes away

    AN iconic musician who helped The Beatles make their start has died aged 86. Frank Ifield, who took the UK by storm in the ’60s, peacefully died in his sleep on Saturday, a pal confirmed.Singer Frank Ifield has died aged 86Credit: GettyThe star became a household name in the UK in the ’60sCredit: GettyFrank Ifield with his wife Carole WoodCredit: GettyHe died peacefully in his sleepCredit: GettyThe UK-born artist, who grew up in Australia, moved back to England in 1959 and quickly became a household name. He had four number-one hits on the UK singles chart – I Remember You, Lovesick Blues, The Wayward Wind, and Confessin’ That I Love You.Ifield’s friend, music historian, and journalist Glenn A. Baker announced his death. The star was gifted a guitar at the age of 13, taught himself how to play and started writing songs. Read more on showbizHe was said to have always had a love for country music and yodelling.Ifield made his way to the top and in just six years released 44 records and was the top recording artist in Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania.After moving to the UK, he introduced his fans to The Beatles who opened for him.He also performed in front of the late Queen in 1965 – at Royal Variety Show.Most read in ShowbizIn 1986 Ifield was diagnosed with pneumonia and was rushed into surgery to remove part of a lung. His vocal cords were damaged during the surgery – putting his musical career on hold for years. I bought John Lennon’s tooth for £20k – now I’ve destroyed it for DNA to track down Beatle’s secret LOVE CHILDRENIn 2005 the star wrote his autobiography.Four years later he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the arts as an entertainer. Ifield leaves behind his wife Carole Wood and two children. More

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    Huge noughties pop group announce new tour following the tragic death of bandmate

    THE Script have announced they are back out on tour, just over a year after they lost their guitarist.Mark Sheehan passed away aged just 46 in April 2023, after a short illness.The Script are heading back out on tourCredit: AlamyTheir guitarist Mark, aged 46, died after a ‘short illness’Credit: GettyMark was a third of Dublin-based band The ScriptCredit: RexThe Script are also bringing their fans their first album since their bandmate’s sad death.They have dropped a new ­single called Both Ways and will release an album called Satellites on August 16, followed by a UK arena tour in November.Danny O’Donoghue said of Mark’s death in April last year: “It’ll never be the same Script.“We’re just trying to do what we all feel is the next right thing to do.”read more the scriptThe Hall Of Fame singers were First to pay a host of celebrity tributes to their much-loved friend and bandmate, who died aged 46.Announcing the star’s shock passing, the band released a statement at the time.They said: “Much loved husband, father, brother, band mate and friend Mark Sheehan passed away today in hospital after a brief illness. “The family and group ask fans to respect their privacy at this tragic time.”Most read in CelebrityDevastated fans from across the globe have paid tribute to the talented musician.Before he joined The Script in 2001, Mark was a member of Irish boyband Mytown.Script pay tribute to ‘best friend’ Mark Sheehan in special video after his deathMark and The Voice judge Danny O’Donoghue were best friends since the age of 12 and both joined the group together.He later became the co-founder and lead guitarist of The Script.The pair later recruited drummer Glen Power, who had played since he was eight, for their new band The Script.Out of the spotlight, and Mark had a happy home life, and married Texas native Rina in 2005.The couple shared three together, a son Cameron who is 19, and two young daughters Avery, and Lil.It’ll never be the same Script. We’re just trying to do what we all feel is the next right thing to do.”Danny on Mark’s deathThey spent much of their time living in America, with the family keeping a low profile and living a quiet life.In 2021, Mark took a year’s break from touring to spend more time with family.READ MORE SUN STORIESHe told how it was the “best thing that could have happened.”The band were first to lead tributes to Irishman MarkCredit: RexMark led a quiet family life out of the spotlightCredit: Getty Images – GettyThe Script guitarist Mark Sheehan was married to wife Rina, pictured, and had three kids prior to his tragic passingCredit: Facebook More