Autopsy shows woman died of Legionnaires’ after stay at Graceland hotel
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG) — WREG has confirmed that a Kentucky woman died from Legionnaires’ Disease days after staying at the Guest House at Graceland.
Linda “Gail” Godsey, 62, died on June 21. She and three family members stayed at the Guest House from June 10-13.
The coroner of Breathitt County, Kentucky told WREG the medical examiner listed Legionnaires’ as the cause of death on Gail’s autopsy.
Three other family members got sick on the same trip and tell WREG they tested positive for Legionnaires’.
The family filed a lawsuit in Davidson County Circuit Court last Thursday. The lawsuit alleges the Guest House at Graceland didn't properly maintain its water systems, which led to the Legionnaires' outbreak.
"She loved to adventure into new places and see news things and that was one of the things we decided to do," said Godsey's daughter Chrisandrea.
They picked the hotel based on positive reviews and because it was relatively new, she said.
"There`s a lot of history in that city and then we picked the Elvis Presley Entertainment Center because that was something, you know mom hadn't been there and she was interested in seeing that."
Photos show the Godsey family enjoying the hotel pool. They also used the hot tub — the same places local health officials were forced to close for a while this summer after a Legionnaires' outbreak.
Chrisandrea says shortly after their stay, from June 10th through 13th, which fell during the window health officials later investigated, everyone began getting sick.
We’re still waiting to hear back from Elvis Presley Enterprises.
The Guest House at Graceland opened in October 2016. In June, the hotel closed its aquatics facilities after Health Department officials reportedly traced several cases of the disease to hotel guests who had used the facility.