Top 10 Celebrity Funerals
Long Live the King
The King of Rock 'n' Roll was just 42 when he suffered a fatal heart attack on a bathroom floor at his Graceland mansion on Aug. 16, 1977 the night before he was supposed to kick off a 12-city comeback tour. It took less than two days for 25,000 fans to surround his Memphis home, where they endured 90-degree heat and entrepreneurs hawking $5 "commemorative" T shirts to pay their respects alongside mourners like James Brown, Ann-Margaret and George Hamilton. Though the actual funeral was closed to the public, the entire world would eventually get a glimpse of Elvis Presley's gray, swollen face after one of his cousins secretly snapped a photo of the open casket and sold it to the National Enquirer for $18,000. That image, plastered across the tabloid's cover, sold more than 6.5 million copies, making it one of the most lucrative albeit lurid photos in history. Even Caroline Kennedy managed to profit from Presley's untimely passing: though she was admitted to the funeral as a friend of the family, she later sold her account of the memorial to Rolling Stone.