Tennessee has its share of fantastic folk born within the borders, but there are just as many that breathed their last over state lines. We’ve found ten famous faces you’re sure to recognize, plus we’ve linked them to the Tennessee towns that saw them alive last. How many did you know about?
10) Martin Luther King, Jr.
The civil rights leader was shot and killed at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. It was a shot heard 'round the world that April 4th, and Martin Luther King, Jr. breathed his last.
9) Andrew Jackson
President Jackson died at his home, The Hermitage, right outside of Nashville, Tennessee. It was 6pm on Sunday, June 8, 1845 that Old Hickory left this world for another.
8) Elvis Presley
Questions over the King's death are extremely shady, but one thing is for sure - Elvis Presley was found dead in his Memphis home in 1977.
7) Meriwether Lewis
Famed Lewis of the Lewis and Clark expedition died as he traveled to Washington, DC in 1809. At an inn off of Natchez Trace outside of Nashville, he succumbed to a mysterious infliction of gunshot wounds.
6) Patsy Cline
Gone too soon, famed country singer Patsy Cline died outside of Camden, Tennessee when her plane went down in a storm.
5) Andrew Johnson
Famed as the first president to be impeached, Johnson died in Elizabethton, TN following a stroke and refusing medical treatments.
4) Roy Orbison
At only fifty-two years old, The Big O died in Hendersonville after having a hefty dinner at his mother's and suffering a heart attack.
3) June Carter Cash
The beloved second wife of Johnny Cash, June died after heart valve replacement surgery in 2003. Her husband of more than three decades and family were all present in Nashville at the time.
2) Johnny Cash
The Man in Black was seventy-one when he died at the Baptist Hospital in Nashville. Although the official cause of death was a result of diabetic complications, many believe Johnny simply couldn't live without his June.
1) Wilma Rudolph
The female icon died in her home state of Tennessee after a bout of cancer in 1994. She is honored all over the state with road names, scholarships and education centers. June 23 is even considered 'Wilma Rudolph Day.'