Reuters, Aug. 16, 2002
DEURNE, Netherlands (Reuters) – A plaster bust of Elvis Presley wept “miracle” tears Friday on the 25th anniversary of his death, its Dutch owner said.
The 50-year-old professional Elvis impersonator in the small town of Deurne in the southern Netherlands also said the ghost of the “King of Rock n’ Roll” appeared in his house last week.
Wearing a tasseled black leather jacket, a wig and sunglasses, Toon Nieuwenhuisen said the bust, which he keeps in a spare room he has converted into a shrine to Elvis, started weeping just shortly after breakfast Friday.
Nieuwenhuisen, a spiritual medium who says he speaks regularly to Elvis, said he believes the statue was weeping tears of gratitude for the adoring fans around the world.
The bust started shedding tears five years ago and has cried several times since then. Hundreds of curious visitors have come to see the shrine, Nieuwenhuisen said.