Lawsuit filed against Guest House at Graceland after woman dies of Legionnaires

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A lawsuit filed against Guest House at Graceland claims a woman died from the Legionnaires' Disease outbreak at the hotel.

The lawsuit was filed Sept. 7 and it claims Linda Godsey, a 62-year-old Kentucky resident, contracted Legionnaires after staying at the hotel. The disease was discovered at the hotel in June.

At least nine people contracted the disease after the outbreak in the pool and hot tub. Godsey died on June 21, 2017, after she fell ill.

One of the family's attorneys, Brandon Bass, said this was a case of a girl's trip gone wrong.

"The family had gone on a girls of the family trip to Graceland, and shortly after coming back they all developed the symptoms that just worsened," Bass said.

The lawsuit claims the hotel's water systems were not properly maintained.

The lawsuit was filed for the wrongful death of Godsey, plus damages to three other women who contracted the disease at Guest House at Graceland.

According to the document, the four women used the hotel's hot tub and pool and shortly after developed symptoms associated with the exposure of legionnaires bacteria. Godsey's family members recovered, but she did not. The document says her symptoms progressed over several days. Then on June 21, Godsey was taken by an area hospital where she died later that day.

The defendants in the case are Guest House at Graceland, and connected businesses, Elvis Presley Enterprises LLC, Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc., and Pyramid Tennessee Management.

Bass said the family wants the hotel to take accountability for what happened.

"For the Graceland hotel and all hotels like it to make sure this never happens again to another family," Bass said.

Graceland has not responded to WMC Action News 5's requests for comment.

Godsey leaves behind a husband and two daughters.

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