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In this Dec. 9, 2009 photograph, Paul MacLeod is a perpetually caffeinated Elvis fanatic who's taking care of business 24-7-365 at the antebellum home he calls "Graceland Too," in Holly Springs, Miss.

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In this Dec. 9, 2009 photograph, virtually every inch of free space in every room on the first floor of the Holly Springs, Miss., home of Paul MacLeod, a perpetually caffeinated Elvis fanatic who calls his house "Graceland Too," is dedicated to the "King." (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) In this Dec. 9, 2009 photograph, Paul MacLeod is a perpetually caffeinated Elvis fanatic who's taking care of business 24-7-365 at the antebellum home he calls "Graceland Too," in Holly Springs, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
In this Dec. 9, 2009 photograph, a homemade electric chair is displayed at "Graceland Too," as part of the "Jailhouse Rock" tribute by owner and extreme Elvis fan Paul MacLeod at his Holly Springs, Miss., home. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
In this Dec. 9, 2009 photograph, baseball card sized photographs of Elvis adorn the walls of Paul MacLeod's "Graceland Too," home in Holly Springs, Miss. MacLeod is a perpetually caffeinated Elvis fanatic who's taking care of business 24-7-365 at the antebellum home. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
In this Dec. 9, 2009 photograph, Paul MacLeod, the perpetually caffeinated Elvis fanatic who's taking care of business 24-7-365 at the antebellum home he calls "Graceland Too," in Holly Springs, Miss., left, shows off some of the Elvis related newspaper clippings he has collected over the years to Oxford residents Callie Blackwell, second from left, her husband, Garrath Blackwell, second from right, and their friend Jimi Myers of Lawrence, Kansas. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
In this Dec. 9, 2009 photograph, virtually anything that has the image of Elvis on it has been collected by extreme fan Paul MacLeod and is on display at his antebellum home he calls "Graceland Too," in Holly Springs, Miss. Some of the alleged 24 cans of Coca-Cola that MacLeod drinks daily share space with some of the more unusual Elvis decorations. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) In this Dec. 9, 2009 photograph, Paul MacLeod is a perpetually caffeinated Elvis fanatic who's taking care of business 24-7-365 at the antebellum home he calls "Graceland Too," in Holly Springs, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
In this Dec. 9, 2009 photograph, a long passageway in "Graceland Too," as well as its walls and ceiling are covered with snapshots Paul MacLeod has taken of visitors to his Holly Springs, Miss., house throughout the years. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) In this Dec. 9, 2009 photograph, Paul MacLeod is a perpetually caffeinated Elvis fanatic who's taking care of business 24-7-365 at the antebellum home he calls "Graceland Too," in Holly Springs, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
In this Dec. 9, 2009 photograph, a gold lame suit similar in styling to one once worn by Elvis Presley, hangs in the front living room of "Graceland Too," a Holly Springs, Miss., antebellum home owned by extreme Elvis fan, Paul MacLeod. MacLeod said he wanted to wear the suit for his burial so he could come back and haunt his ex-wife who gave him the choice of his Elvis collection or her. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) In this Dec. 9, 2009 photograph, Paul MacLeod is a perpetually caffeinated Elvis fanatic who's taking care of business 24-7-365 at the antebellum home he calls "Graceland Too," in Holly Springs, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
In this Dec. 9, 2009 photograph, "Graceland Too," the Elvis Presley themed home of Paul MacLeod in Holly Springs, Miss., is undergoing remodeling to look more like the current Graceland. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) In this Dec. 9, 2009 photograph, Paul MacLeod is a perpetually caffeinated Elvis fanatic who's taking care of business 24-7-365 at the antebellum home he calls "Graceland Too," in Holly Springs, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
A wall of photographs of visitors taken by Elvis Presley fan Paul MacLeod at 'Graceland Too', a vast collection of Presley related items, 17 August 2007, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. MacLeod's private tribute to Presley occupies the whole ground floor of his house, including the ceilings, the name comes from the real 'Graceland', former home of Presley in Memphis, Tennessee. Fans from around the world are gathered in the area this week to mark the 30th anniversary of the entertainers' death. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Toni Silva of Houston, Texas poses with leather jacket and guitar at 'Graceland Too', a vast collection of Elvis Presley related items by fan Paul MacLeod, 17 August 2007, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. MacLeod's private tribute to Presley occupies the whole ground floor of his house, including the ceilings, the name comes from the real 'Graceland', former home of Presley in Memphis, Tennessee. Fans from around the world are gathered in the area this week to mark the 30th anniversary of the entertainers' death. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Elvis Presley fan Paul MacLeod (R) gives a tour to visitors including Vicki Ellis (L) at 'Graceland Too', a vast collection of Presley related items, 17 August 2007, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. MacLeod's private tribute to Presley occupies the whole ground floor of his house, including the ceilings, the name comes from the real 'Graceland', former home of Presley in Memphis, Tennessee. Fans from around the world are gathered in the area this week to mark the 30th anniversary of the entertainers' death. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
A part of the collection of Elvis Presley fan Paul MacLeod at 'Graceland Too', a vast collection of Presley related items, 17 August 2007, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. MacLeod's private tribute to Presley occupies the whole ground floor of his house, including the ceilings, the name comes from the real 'Graceland', former home of Presley in Memphis, Tennessee. Fans from around the world are gathered in the area this week to mark the 30th anniversary of the entertainers' death. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Incident that led McLeod to kill a man.

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A part of the collection of Elvis Presley fan Paul MacLeod at 'Graceland Too', a vast collection of Presley related items, 17 August 2007, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. MacLeod's private tribute to Presley occupies the whole ground floor of his house, including the ceilings, the name comes from the real 'Graceland', former home of Presley in Memphis, Tennessee. Fans from around the world are gathered in the area this week to mark the 30th anniversary of the entertainers' death. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Elvis Presley fan Paul MacLeod stands at the entrance to 'Graceland Too', a vast collection of Presley related items, 17 August 2007, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. MacLeod's private tribute to Presley occupies the whole ground floor of his house, including the ceilings, the name comes from the real 'Graceland', former home of Presley in Memphis, Tennessee. Fans from around the world are gathered in the area this week to mark the 30th anniversary of the entertainers' death. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Visitors Toni Silva (L), Steve Schmitz (2nd L), Fontaine Moore (2nd R) and Vicki Ellis (R) get a tour of 'Graceland Too', a vast collection of Elvis Presley related items, 17 August 2007, of Presley fan Paul MacLeod in Holly Springs, Mississippi. MacLeod's private tribute to Presley occupies the whole ground floor of his house, including the ceilings, the name comes from the real 'Graceland', former home of Presley in Memphis, Tennessee. Fans from around the world are gathered in the area this week to mark the 30th anniversary of the entertainers' death. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Elvis Presley fan Paul MacLeod gives a tour of his vast collection of Presley related items, 17 August 2007, at his home which he calls 'Graceland Too' in Holly Springs, Mississippi. MacLeod's private tribute to Presley occupies the whole ground floor of his house, the name comes from the real 'Graceland', former home of Presley in Memphis, Tennessee. Fans from around the world are gathered in the area this week to mark the 30th anniversary of the entertainers' death. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLY SPRINGS, MS - AUGUST 14: Visitors tour the 'Graceland Too' house owned by 'World's Biggest Elvis Fan' Paul McLeod during Elvis Week August 14, 2002 in Holly Springs, Mississippi. The house is filled with Elvis collectibles and run by McLeod and his son Elvis Presley McLeod. The house is open 24 hours per day and 365 days a year. Up to 75,000 fans are expected to attend the celebration of all things Elvis in Memphis which this year marks the 25th anniversary of Presley's August 16, 1977 death. (Photo by Mario Tama/Gettty Images)
Elvis Presley fan Paul MacLeod gives a tour of his vast collection of Presley related items, 17 August 2007, at his home which he calls 'Graceland Too' in Holly Springs, Mississippi. MacLeod's private tribute to Presley occupies the whole ground floor of his house, the name comes from the real 'Graceland', former home of Presley in Memphis, Tennessee. Fans from around the world are gathered in the area this week to mark the 30th anniversary of the entertainers' death. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLY SPRINGS, MS - AUGUST 14: 'World's Biggest Elvis Fan' Paul McLeod (R) gives a tour of his 'Graceland Too' house during Elvis Week August 14, 2002 in Holly Springs, Mississippi. The house is filled with Elvis collectibles and is run by McLeod and his son Elvis Presley McLeod (L). The house is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Up to 75,000 fans are expected to attend the celebration of all things Elvis in Memphis which this year marks the 25th anniversary of the singer's death. (Photo by Mario Tama/Gettty Images)
HOLLY SPRINGS, MS - AUGUST 14: A shrine to Elvis Presley is seen in the 'Graceland Too' house owned by 'World's Biggest Elvis Fan' Paul McLeod during Elvis Week August 14, 2002 in Holly Springs, Mississippi. The house is filled with Elvis collectibles and is run by McLeod and his son Elvis Presley McLeod. The house is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Up to 75,000 fans are expected to attend the celebration of all things Elvis in Memphis which this year marks the 25th anniversary of the singer's death. (Photo by Mario Tama/Gettty Images)
HOLLY SPRINGS, MS - AUGUST 14: 'World's Biggest Elvis Fan' Paul McLeod stands in the front door of his 'Graceland Too' house during Elvis Week August 14, 2002 in Holly Springs, Mississippi. The house is filled with Elvis collectibles and is run by McLeod and his son Elvis Presley McLeod. The house is open 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. Up to 75,000 fans are expected to attend the celebration of all things Elvis in Memphis which this year marks the 25th anniversary of Presley's August 16, 1977 death. (Photo by Mario Tama/Gettty Images)

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By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A man who converted his antebellum home into a cluttered, quirky Elvis Presley shrine was found dead Thursday on the front porch, two days after police said he fatally shot a man who forced his way into the museum.

A motorist called police Thursday morning after seeing Paul MacLeod, 71, slumped in a chair outside the shrine known as Graceland Too, said Marshall County Coroner James Richard Anderson. He said there was no blood or trauma to MacLeod's body.

"It appears to be natural causes but it is pending until we get the autopsy," Anderson said.

MacLeod's death comes two days after police say he killed Dwight Taylor, 28, at the 1850s home that doubled as a museum. Police questioned and released MacLeod. No charges were filed. MacLeod attorney Phillip Knecht said Taylor forced his way inside, demanded money, and the two men fought before the shooting.

The museum is in Holly Springs, in the kudzu-covered hills of north Mississippi. It's about halfway between Presley's birthplace in Tupelo and his final home and resting place at the Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee.

Graceland Too - which is not affiliated with Graceland or the Presley estate - became a pilgrimage for fans. People could arrive at any hour, pay $5 and get a tour from the hyper-caffeinated MacLeod, who said in 2009 that he drank 24 cans of Coca-Cola a day. Wearing his hair in a perpetual 1950s slicked-back do, he would tap-tap-tap on visitors' arms as he pointed out items in his floor-to-ceiling mishmash of photos, records, figurines, cardboard cutouts, clocks and other random kitsch featuring Elvis.

"My ex-wife told me, 'Make up your mind. Either me or the Elvis collection.' So that put an end to that," MacLeod, who named his son after the King of Rock 'n' Roll, told The Associated Press in late 2009.

MacLeod owned his home since the 1970s and said he started opening it to tourists in the late 1980s or early 1990s. Graceland Too attracted international tourists, and visiting there was a rite of passage for students from the University of Mississippi, 30 miles to the south.

Willie Carter, of McComb, said Thursday he toured Graceland Too five times while he was a student at Ole Miss. Like many others, he'd go with a group of friends around 2 a.m.

"It was extremely weird," Carter said. "You just went with it. He seemed to have a real love for Elvis and all things Elvis. You could tell he was sincere."

Floors would creak beneath visitors' feet. Doorways were decorated with several Elvis-patterned curtains in '70s-era hues of turquoise and lime. There were stacks of papers and magazines and MacLeod kept photocopies of a newspaper with his favorite headline: "Elvis Presley Excites Girls, Scares Critics."

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