source: Bill Burk newsletter
This news just arrived to us at 14.27 MEM time Sunday.
Todd Morgan, who for years has been Graceland's "public face," was found dead in his apartment.
It had not been announced publicly yet, but Todd had just been promoted to a new position and was to report directly to Gary Hovey in Los Angeles, though he would remain in Memphis. He was due to go out to dinner last night with friends to celebrate his promotion, but did not show.
Reports are he must have died in his sleep last night.
Todd has been at Graceland since it was opened to the public in 1982. He started as a tour guide.
My first memory of Todd was when I was working as a fund raising/public relations consultant for the EP Memorial Trauma Center here. Some fan had given Todd a $10 tip for his tour of the mansion and he had donated the $10 to the EP Trauma Center, which I noted in a publicity release.
Todd has worked on tons of creative projects for Graceland during recent years.
When Graceland began boycotting me in March 1996, I let that run until July 1997 when I called Priscilla Presley and suggested to her we were all supposed to be on the same side -- promoting Elvis; that I had never written anything bad about Elvis and never planned to. She set up a conference call with Graceland and during that call it was worked out that Todd Morgan would be my personal contact with Graceland and would work with me on any calls I might have.
Though I have continued to work independent of Graceland even since 1997, I must be fair and say each time I called Todd in the years since, he has been open and honest with me and replied to my few questions as best he could.
Early in 2006 Todd was publicly embarrassed following a Driving Under the Influence arrest in the wee hours after he had driven from a Memphis restaurant and had blown out a tire on his car, yet continued to drive all the way to Collierville, some 12 miles east.
At the last club presidents affair I attended, after his arrest, I called him aside following the meeting and told him that while DUI is a serious offense; that at one time or another many of us have been guilty of it, though some have been lucky enough not to be caught.
I noted our differences, professionaly, thru the years but told him, "Todd, that restaurant was only five minutes from my house. If you EVER find yourself in that position again, PLEASE, no matter what time of day or night it is, call me and I will come and drive you home!"
I then gave him my card. He thanked me for it.
We have not communicated again since.
AS DETAILS ARRIVE (funeral, cause of death, etc), I will let you know.