Chilean Miner: Elvis Got Me Through the Ordeal

Edison Pena on Oct. 13, 2010.(AP Photo/Hugo Infante, Chilean government)
Edison Pena on Oct. 13, 2010.(AP Photo/Hugo Infante, Chilean government)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (CBS/AP) Rescued Chilean miner and avid  Elvis Presley fan Edison Pena has gotten a VIP invitation to Graceland, the music lrgend 's longtime home in Memphis.

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Pena, who is 34 and married, was the 12th miner pulled from the collapsed mine at 10:11 a.m. Wednesday.

 He  told reporters  it was Elvis  who helped  him get through  the 70 days in which  he was trapped underground.. He even led  fellow  miners in singing Elvis  songs .

When Graceland  officials heard about this,  they sent along a care package with a boxed set of CDs and picture of " the "king"  and asked  that it be lowered into the mine  for Pena.

Now,  Pena  has been invited  for a special tour of Graceland where fans line up daily to see where Elvis lived for 20 years before he died on Aug. 16, 1977, and to view  his gravesite.

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Kevin Kern, an Elvis Presley Enterprises spokesman, says the company also sent various gifts to Chile, including a picture, DVDs, CDs and sunglasses.

 Pena was reportedly among the most depressed of the trapped men and asked rescuers to send down a photo of the sun. He tried to run every day for exercise.

Kern says he does not expect Pena in Memphis any time soon, saying there are more important things Pena needs to take care of.