Lisa Marie Presley dies aged 54: 'Most strong and loving woman'

She was the only daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley.

Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, has died at the age of 54 after being rushed to hospital on Thursday.

"It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us," Priscilla 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."

Lisa Marie Presley
Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, has died at the age of 54. Photo: Getty

TMZ reported Lisa Marie had been taken to hospital after suffering a "full cardiac arrest", later revealing she was on life support.

The publication revealed she was found unresponsive in her bedroom by a housekeeper, with her ex-husband Danny Keough, who she lived with, performing CPR until paramedics arrived. They added that "someone administered epinephrine at the scene at least one time" to help her regain a pulse.

Lisa Marie and her mother attended the Golden Globes on Tuesday to see Austin Butler win the Best Actor, Motion Picture Drama award for his portrayal of Elvis in the Baz Luhrmann film.

Elvis Presley, Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley
Lisa Marie was the only daughter of Elvis Presley and Priscilla. Photo: Getty
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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

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 was born in Tennessee on February 1, 1968, nine months after Elvis and Priscilla tied the knot. When Elvis and Priscilla divorced in 1973, Lisa Marie and her mother left for Los Angeles.

Elvis died in August 1977, leaving Lisa Marie as his sole heir. She also inherited his Graceland residence.

Lisa Marie shared memories of her father during an interview with Good Morning America in 2009, saying, "He'd always wake me up to sing in the middle of the night, get on the table and sing."

She added, "I remember him as my dad, but he was a very exciting dad."

Lisa Marie with her children Riley Keough, Benjamin Keough, and twins Finley and Harper Lockwood
Lisa Marie with her children Riley Keough, Benjamin Keough, and twins Finley and Harper Lockwood in 2019. Photo: Instagram/Lisa Marie Presley

Lisa Marie was married four times with the singer married to Danny Keough from 1988 to 1994, Michael Jackson from 1994 to 1996, Nicholas Cage from 2002 to 2004 and Michael Lockwood from 2006 to 2016.

Lisa Marie is survived by her daughter Riley Keough and twins Finley and Harper Lockwood. Her son Benjamin Keough died at the age of 27 in 2020 after taking his own life.

She was open about her grief following the loss of her son, sharing tributes on his birthday and writing an emotional essay for People last year about the loss.

"It's a real choice to keep going, one that I have to make every single day and one that is constantly challenging to say the least ... But I keep going for my girls," she wrote. "I keep going because my son made it very clear in his final moments that taking care of his little sisters and looking out for them were on the forefront of his concerns and his mind. He absolutely adored them and they him."

On what would have been his 28th birthday, she wrote on Instagram, "My beautiful, beautiful angel, I worshipped the ground you walked on, on this earth and now in Heaven. My heart and soul went with you. The depth of the pain is suffocating and bottomless without you every moment of every day.

"I will never be the same. Please wait for me my love, and hold my hand while I stay to continue to protect and raise your little sisters and to be here for Riley. I know you would want that.

Lisa Marie Presley with her mother and daughters
Lisa Marie with her mother and daughters at the Handprint Ceremony honouring Three Generations of Presley's at TCL Chinese Theatre last year. Photo: Getty

Tributes flow for Lisa Marie

Many fans and friends have taken to social media to share tributes for the singer, with Leah Remini writing, "I’m heartbroken over the passing of Lisa Marie Presley. Lisa did not have an easy life, as some might think. May she be at peace, resting with her son and father now. Her mom Priscilla and her three daughters, Riley, Finley, and Harper, are in my prayers."

Octavia Spencer added, "So sad that we’ve lost another bright star in Lisa Marie Presley. My condolences to her loved ones and multitude of fans."

Leanne Rimes Cibrian wrote, "Lisa Marie Presley… how heartbreaking. I hope she is at peace in her dad’s arms. my heart goes out to her family. too much grief in just a couple of years."

"Just so very sad," Mia Farrow added.

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