Tributes have started flowing in for Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley after her death was announced on Thursday. Lisa, 54, was rushed to hospital after suffering from a “full cardiac arrest” and subsequently was put on life support.
"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.”
TMZ 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.
Many of her celebrity friends have written heartbreaking notes for the ‘sweet and generous soul’, all agreeing that she was taken too soon.
Smashing Pumpkins frontman William Patrick Corgan Jr. shared a snap of the pair on Twitter from happier times, and he struggled to pen the perfect tribute for Lisa Marie.
“There is heartbreak and then there is sorrow. This would be sorrow and on more levels than I can count. Please send your prayers out for her family and children at this difficult time.
“I truly cannot find the words to express how sad this truly is. RIP @LisaPresley,” he wrote.
Grease star John Travolta shared a moody photo of Lisa Marie staring straight into the camera and accompanied it with a simple sentiment: “Lisa baby girl, I’m so sorry. I’ll miss you but I know I’ll see you again. My love and heart goes out to Riley, Priscilla, Harper and Finley.”
American icon Bette Midler couldn’t contain her “shock” after hearing the news. In a short tweet, she shared her feelings and wrote: “Dear God, #LisaMariePresley has died; I’m in shock. So beautiful and only 54 years old; I can’t actually comprehend it.”
“Rest In Peace, Lisa Marie. A sweet and gentle soul. We send our deepest, heartfelt condolences to Priscilla, Riley and her family and friends. Heartbreakingly sad,” added The Princess Bride star Cary Elwes.
American rock band Garbage also paid tribute and told fans they were “utterly devastated” by Lisa Marie’s “hideously premature death”.
“I will treasure you always in my heart girl. Thank you for your kindness. May you now be granted peace. Sx,” they tweeted.
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 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.
Lisa Marie spent Christmas last year at Graceland and visited on Sunday to celebrate what would have been Elvis’ 88th birthday with fans.
In a touching speech to those in attendance, she reflected on her father’s legacy and why she was so proud of Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis film.
“Today, [my father] would’ve been 88 years old, it’s hard to believe. I think that he’d be proud. This year has been an incredible year. The movie is incredible, I’m very proud of it, and I hope you are too,” she said.
“But it’s just so moving how every year you come from all over the world. It’s moving to me and my family … so thank you.”
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