Iconic singers who became ghosts after death – eerie presence to moving objects

Don't Be Ghoul… but the ghost of Elvis Presley might still be in the building!

This week, new biopic Elvis hits cinemas with Austin Butler as the singer and Tom Hanks as his manager Colonel Tom Parker.

Since his passing in 1977 aged 42, conspiracy theories have swirled that the King faked his death and has been living in secret.

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But there have also been spooky sightings of his ghost.

Here, Nadine Linge looks at Elvis’s spectral appearances – as well as other singers and musicians who have been spotted from beyond the grave.


Earlier this year, Elvis’s ex-wife Priscilla claimed his ghost is still living at his Graceland home.

She said she feels his “presence” when she visits.

Priscilla also sensed an eerie silence at the star’s pad in Memphis, Tennessee, adding: “I still think he’s here. I go in Graceland, I feel his spirit. It’s honest God’s truth.

“I know he’s living there. He’s there, trust me! It’s very reverent when you walk in. You just become silent.”

Elvis’s cousin Billy Smith also got a Jailhouse Shock at Graceland, where he lived after the King died.

He claimed: “It got to a point where I’d go to sleep, it’d be early in the morning and I would hear him calling me.”

Others have spied Elvis’s ghost peering from behind curtains and lurking in the kitchen.

Actress Paz de la Huerta even claims Elvis’s spook got saucy with her when she visited his recording studio at the estate, saying: “I felt him touch me, I felt his spirit go through me and give me pleasure. It was like Elvis was tickling me with a feather.”

His presence has been felt in Room 1016 of the Knickerbocker Hotel in Hollywood, where he used to stay when making films, while staff say his ghost still haunts the RCA Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, where he recorded many hits.

They point to lights flickering and objects moving when his name is mentioned.

He had a song and a film called Viva Las Vegas so it’s no surprise his spirit has visited Sin City – he has been spotted cruising the strip in a phantom convertible and is regularly glimpsed at the Las Vegas Hilton, where he performed his last concert, with singer Wayne Newton once spotting his ghost on a balcony while performing.

Michael Jackson

The Thriller star died 13 years ago this week and former employees claim his spook moonwalks around his Neverland home in California. There have been sightings in the

corridors near his bedroom and in the main dining room, with a neighbour once revealing: “Michael is there, his presence, his moves and his breath.”

Whitney Houston

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Last week we revealed Whitney’s ex-husband Bobby Brown says she speaks to him 10 years after her death.

And Sherlock star Amanda Abbington feared she had stirred her spectre when she stayed in the hotel suite the singer died in in Beverly Hills.

Amy Winehouse

Tragic Amy died from alcohol poisoning in 2011.

Her close pal, singer Pete Doherty, was convinced Amy was haunting his flat, so much so that he fled to Paris to escape.

Amy’s dad Mitch has also claimed her ghost visits him, saying: “Her spirit comes and sits on the end of my bed.”

Kurt Cobain

The Nirvana rocker’s wife, Courtney Love, revealed his ghost once spoke to her while sitting in a chair. She added: “He said hi and then he left.”

John Lennon

Liam Gallagher claims he was once visited by the ghost of his idol while he was staying at a pal’s house in Manchester.

He said: “There was a presence there and it was him, Lennon.”

Sir Paul McCartney and Lennon’s son Julian also claimed to have spotted the ghost, while his widow Yoko Ono saw him sat at his piano.

The Bee Gees

Barry Gibb once told how he had been visited by the ghost of his brother Robin, who died in 2012, while his wife encountered the spirit of his sibling Maurice, who died in 2003.

The last living member of the legendary hitmakers admitted finding the ghosts “disturbing”.

Malcolm Young

AC/DC star Angus Young believes the ghost of his late brother and bandmate Malcolm guides him when he’s playing hits such as You Shook Me All Night Long.

He said: “I know I feel him when I have got the guitar playing. I can feel him around me.” Malcolm died in 2017 from dementia.

Tupac Shakur

US rapper Kendrick Lamar claims the spirit of Tupac, left – shot dead in 1996 – visited him when he was 21.

Kendrick said: “He basically said keep doing what you’re doing and don’t let my music die.

"That s**t scared the s**t out of me.”

Jim Morrison

A photograph taken in 1997 at the cemetery in Paris, France, where the Doors frontman is buried features a ghostly apparition that appears to be Morrison, who died in 1971 aged 27.


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