Lisa Marie Presley, only child of Elvis, dies aged 54

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Singer Lisa Marie Presley, the only child of rock and roll legend Elvis, has died, her mother has said in a statement.

The 54-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest at her home in Calabasas, California, on Thursday morning.

Her mother, Priscilla Presley, said: “It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us.

“She was the most passionate, strong and loving woman I have ever known.”

FILE PHOTO: Lisa Marie Presley and her mother Priscilla Presley place their handprints in cement at TCL Chinese theatre in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 21, 2022. REUTERS/Ringo Chiu/File Photo
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Lisa Marie and Priscilla Presley place their handprints in cement at LA’s Chinese theatre last summer

It followed an earlier statement in which the 77-year-old asked people to “keep her and our family in your prayers”.

She said her daughter had been “rushed to hospital”.

Paramedics were called just before 10.40am to a report of a woman in full cardiac arrest, according to Craig Little, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles (LA) County’s fire department.

Property records indicate Presley was a resident at the address, about 30 miles northwest of downtown LA.

Presley’s family, including Priscilla and daughter Riley Keough, were pictured outside a hospital in the city before her death was announced.

Lisa Marie Presley (C), with her children Riley and Benjamin Keough (R), attend the 75th birthday celebration for Elvis Presley in Memphis, Tennessee January 8, 2010. Presley, who died in August 1977 aged 42, is one of the top earning dead celebrities, bringing in $55 million in 2009 according to Forbes.com and marketed by Elvis Presley Enterprises which entertainment mogul Robert Sillerman revitalized in 2005. REUTERS/Nikki Boertman (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT ANNIVERSARY OBITUARY) FOR
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Lisa Marie Presley with her children Riley and Benjamin Keough in 2010

‘Too hard to bear’

Fellow singer Diane Warren expressed her sorrow at the “horrible news”.

“Oh no. This is such horrible news,” she wrote.

“The entire world is sending love and prayers to Priscilla and Lisa Marie’s children right now.

“May it give you (strength).”

Nancy Sinatra, whose father Frank performed with Elvis multiple times, said: “Every now and then I find myself wishing very hard that there is a hereafter, and tonight is one of those times.

“Otherwise the nothingness, the emptiness are too hard to bear.”

FILE PHOTO 1972 - Elvis Presley performs in concert during his "Aloha From Hawaii" 1972 television special. January 8 marks what would have been Elvis's 60th birthday and fans are expected to gather in his home-town of Memphis for the occasion. REUTERS/Stringer
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Elvis Presley performs in concert in 1972

Lisa Marie Presley’s final days

Her cardiac arrest came just two days after she attended the Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, where she celebrated Austin Butler winning best actor in a drama film for playing her father in the biopic Elvis.

She gave interviews on the red carpet, where she told Entertainment Tonight she had been left stunned by the star’s “mind-blowing” performance.

And just last weekend, Presley was at her father’s old Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, to mark the anniversary of his birth on 8 January 1935.

Elvis, widely considered to be the greatest rock and roll artist in history, died on 16 August 1977, aged just 42.

His daughter was nine years old at the time. She was four when Elvis and Priscilla Presley were divorced in 1972.

FILE -Elvis Presley poses with wife Priscilla and daughter Lisa Marie, in a room at Baptist hospital in Memphis, Tenn., on Feb. 5, 1968.  Lisa Marie Presley, a singer, Elvis... only daughter and a dedicated keeper of her father...s legacy, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023 after being hospitalized for a medical emergency. (AP Photo/File)
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Elvis with wife Priscilla and daughter Lisa Marie in 1968

Three albums

Lisa Marie Presley followed in her father’s footsteps by pursuing a music career, starting in 2003 with her debut album: To Whom It May Concern.

It charted in the top 10 on the US Billboard album chart, as did follow-up record Now What in 2005.

Fans had to wait seven years for her third album, Storm And Grace, which released to positive reviews.

Her solo career bad begun eight years after she appeared in her then-husband Michael Jackson’s music video for the 1995 song You Are Not Alone.

U.S. singer Lisa Marie Presley performs during a rehearsal at the M Bar in London, May 12, 2003. Presley, daughter of music legend Elvis and former wife to Michael Jackson, is in the UK launching her first solo album entitled 'To Whom It May Concern', due to be released on July 12. REUTERS/Peter Macdiarmid
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Presley performs at the M Bar in London in 2003

Four marriages

Presley’s marriage to Jackson ended in divorce in 1996.

It was her second marriage, having been married to musician Danny Keough from 1988 to 1994.

They had two children together – daughter Riley Keough, who became an actress and model, and son Benjamin – and remained close friends.

She got married to Jackson within three weeks of divorcing Keough.

Her third marriage was to actor Nicolas Cage, which lasted from 2002 until a divorce in 2004.

Presley married again in 2006, to her guitarist and producer Michael Lockwood. They had twin daughters together, named Finley Aaron Love Lockwood and Harper Vivienne Ann Lockwood.

She filed for divorce 10 years later, and it was finalised in 2021.

Popstar Michael Jackson and his bride Lisa Marie Presley-Jackson hold each others hands August 6
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Michael Jackson and his bride Lisa Marie Presley-Jackson in 1994
Actor Nicolas Cage arrives with girlfriend Lisa Marie Presley at the Los Angeles premiere of his new film "Windtalkers" in Hollywood June 11, 2002. "Windtalkers" opens June 14 in the United States. REUTERS/Fred Prouser FSP/SV
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Nicolas Cage with then-girlfriend Lisa Marie Presley in 2002

Dealing with grief

In 2018, Presley featured on a new record, titled Where No One Stands Alone, which was released to celebrate her father’s love of gospel music, and featured 14 original performances recorded by him.

The title track was a reimagined duet, in which Lisa Marie performed a duet with her father.

Last year, she wrote an essay for People magazine about the death of son Benjamin, who took his own life in 2020.

“I’ve dealt with death, grief and loss since the age of 9 years old,” she said.

“I’ve had more than anyone’s fair share of it in my lifetime and somehow, I’ve made it this far.”

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