Austin Butler pays tribute to Lisa Marie Presley: 'Completely shattered'

The pair grew close after the actor portrayed her legendary father Elvis Presley.

Austin Butler has paid tribute to Lisa Marie Presley one day after her shocking death at 54 years old. The actor, who starred as Lisa Marie's father Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann's epic biopic, shared that he has been left heartbroken by the news.

"My heart is completely shattered for Riley, Finley, Harper and Priscilla at the tragic and unexpected loss of Lisa Marie," Austin shared in a statement to E! News. "I am eternally grateful for the time I was lucky enough to be near her bright light and will forever cherish the quiet moments we shared. Her warmth, her love and her authenticity will always be remembered."

Austin Butler and Lisa Marie Presley
Austin Butler has paid tribute to Lisa Marie Presley one day after her shock death. The pair grew close after the actor portrayed her father Elvis. Photo: Getty

Baz also took to Instagram to share his own tribute, sharing a photo of Austin and Lisa Marie, with the caption reading, "Over the last year, the entire Elvis movie family and I have felt the privilege of Lisa Marie’s kind embrace.

"Her sudden, shocking loss has devastated people all around the world. I know her fans everywhere join me in sharing prayers of love and support with her mother, Priscilla, and her wonderful daughters Riley, Finley and Harper. Lisa Marie, we will miss your warmth, your smile, your love."

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TMZ reported on Thursday that Lisa Marie had been taken to hospital after suffering a "full cardiac arrest", later revealing she was on life support. Her mother Priscilla Presley was by her side when she passed just hours later, sharing a statement confirming the family's loss.

"It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us," she shared in a statement. "She was the most passionate, strong and loving woman I have ever known. We ask for privacy as we try to deal with this profound loss. Thank you for the love and prayers. At this time, there will be no further comment."

Producer Steve Binder, director Baz Luhrmann, and Austin with the Presley family: Harper Lockwood, Lisa Marie Presley, Priscilla Presley, Riley Keough, and Finley Lockwood at TCL Chinese Theatre last year. Photo: Getty
Producer Steve Binder, director Baz Luhrmann, and Austin with the Presley family: Harper Lockwood, Lisa Marie Presley, Priscilla Presley, Riley Keough, and Finley Lockwood at TCL Chinese Theatre last year. Photo: Getty

Austin and Lisa Marie became close friends following the movie's release last year, with the actor recently recalling his first meeting with the singer.

"She hugged me with tears in her eyes, and she just said, ‘Thank you,'" he said during an actors' roundtable with The Hollywood Reporter. "She took me upstairs and we went into Elvis' bedroom and just sat on his bed and just talked for hours."

Lisa Marie and Priscilla attended the Golden Globes on Tuesday to see Austin win the Best Actor, Motion Picture Drama award for his portrayal of Elvis.

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The mother and daughter were in tears as Austin delivered his acceptance speech, where he said he would love the women "forever".

"Thank you guys. Thank you for opening your hearts, your memories, your home to me. Lisa Marie, Priscilla, I love you forever," he said.

Lisa Marie took to social media after the first time she saw the biopic, saying, "Austin Butler channelled and embodied my father’s heart and soul beautifully. In my humble opinion, his performance is unprecedented and FINALLY done accurately and respectfully. (If he doesn’t get an Oscar for this, I will eat my own foot, haha.)"

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Lisa Marie and Priscilla were in the audience when Austin Butler won his Golden Globe for his performance in Elvis, with the women in tears as he thanked them, saying he'd love them "forever". Photo: Getty

After the film's release, Lisa Marie held a special Graceland premiere where she praised Austin for helping make her happy for the first time since her son Benjamin Keough's death at 27 in 2020.

Taking to Instagram at the time, she said, "I do believe that this may be my first smile in 2 years."

Speaking of Austin in an ABC News special, Lisa also shared, "I feel so protective of him, he’s such a sweetheart. It’s almost as if he channelled him. He put everything he had, his heart, soul…everything he had into researching, reading, watching and learning. He honoured him in every way possible that you could possibly honour him."

Lisa Marie is survived by her daughter Riley Keough and twins Finley and Harper Lockwood.

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