On August 18, 1977, Elvis Presley’s funeral took place two days after his death at Graceland. Over the years there have been conspiracy theories that the King is still alive, with some pointing out how heavy Elvis’ casket was. But now one of the Memphis Mafia pallbearers have spoken out on the rumour that his coffin weighed way too much.
Appearing on the Memphis Mafia Kid YouTube channel, Elvis’ cousin Billy Smith was asked: “Why was Elvis’ casket so heavy?”
He said: “Now that is something that you won’t believe.”
Billy then went on to joke that Elvis copied King Tut and had his casket lined with gold.
The King’s cousin said dryly: “So he decided to have his whole casket lined in gold, to outdo Tut and it weighed a ton.”
But then clarified, shaking his head: “Now if you buy that…”
Answering the question seriously, Elvis’ pallbearer claimed: “It wasn’t really that heavy.
“I don’t know where people got the idea that it was really heavy.”
But one star who did really have their casket lined in gold was Elvis’ former son-in-law Michael Jackson.
The King of Pop’s funeral took place 11 years ago at Glendale’s Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
Stars such as Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Quincy Jones and Macaulay Culkin were in attendance – alongside Jackson’s ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis’ daughter.
At the funeral, the singer’s family arrived in a motorcade of 31 vehicles.
While the King of Pop’s brothers Randy, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon were pallbearers.
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MJ’s siblings carried the gold-plated casket into the service and after it finished, Lisa Marie ended up sticking around after most people had left.
In a 2010 interview with Oprah, Lisa Marie said how she was the last one standing over Jackson’s casket at the funeral.
Oprah asked: “As you stood over his casket, were you able to make peace?”
After pausing, Lisa Marie replied: “No, I don’t think I could make peace then. It was more like I wanted to apologise for not being around.”
Reflecting on his untimely death, Lisa Marie said: “Had I just said, ‘How are you?’
“Can I try to make a phone call? I really did regret that I didn’t.”
Jackson’s funeral cost $1 million, which included $590,000 for his crypt in Forest Lawn’s Great Mausoleum.
The King of Pop’s remains are resting in the Holy Terrace section of the structure.
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