Lisa Marie Presley was the very definition of a poor, rich girl. All Generation X ladies in their 50s grew up alongside her, and the entire world knew who she was before she ever did. Many avidly watched Presley’s life as she navigated divorce, her father’s death, and navigating the world while bearing the weight of the famous name. Presley and her father Elvis Presley were evidence that tragedy and heartache are not limited to social station or racial status. Now tragedy has struck again, first through a heart attack, and ultimately through Presley’s death at 54.
Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis Presley’s only child whose tumultuous life also included a music career, died Thursday in a Los Angeles hospital, her representative confirmed to Variety. She was 54.
“Priscilla Presley and the Presley family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Lisa Marie,” reads a family statement. “They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time.”
Presley was hospitalized Thursday morning after suffering cardiac arrest at her home in Calabasas, Calif., just two days after she attended the Golden Globes with her mother Priscilla Presley. She was rushed to a hospital after paramedics performed CPR. Her ex-husband, Danny Keough, had been living with Presley and administered CPR before paramedics arrived, according to TMZ.
Presley and her mother Priscilla Beaulieu Presley had attended Tuesday night’s Golden Globes Awards, where actor Austin Butler’s portrayal of the King of Rock N’ Roll in the biopic Elvis won him the best performance by an actor in a motion picture-drama.
As the only child of one of the most famous people in the world, Lisa Marie Presley dealt with her parents’ divorce at age 5, her father’s death at age 9, and a stretch of drug use before she embraced Scientology. She told Playboy her mother’s boyfriend had been inappropriate with her, and was a constant fixture in the tabloids for her marriages to Michael Jackson and a much shorter one to Nicolas Cage.
Lisa Marie Presley was born exactly nine months after the marriage of Elvis Presley to the former Priscilla Beaulieu, who met the King of Rock ‘n Roll at age 14 and later acted in several movies and TV shows after the celebrity couple divorced.
She inherited her father’s mansion, Graceland, after the death of her father, grandfather and great-grandmother, and then inherited Elvis Presley’s entire estate when she turned 25. She sold 85% of the estate, which had an estimated value of $100 million when she inherited it, in 2005 to Industrial Media, but kept control of Graceland.
Presley pursued a music career of her own, releasing three studio albums: 2003’s To Whom It May Concern, 2005’s, Now What, and Storm and Grace in 2012. Her own talent and songwriting ability were sadly overshadowed by her legendary father, coupled with her infamous 1994 marriage to Michael Jackson, the ill-fated King of Pop. A seminal moment came in 2012 with the Graceland exhibit, “Elvis, Through His Daughter’s Eyes.” Presley explored her experiences growing up at Graceland, and her relationship with her famous father. Presley also hand-picked 200 items, including her baby foot prints, clothing, a childhood tricycle, record player, crib, and a gold ID bracelet given to her by Elvis himself.
Presley is survived by her mother, half-brother Navarone Garibaldi, and her three daughters: actress Riley Keough, and twins Finley and Harper. Presley’s son Benjamin Keough died in 2020 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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