Lisa Marie Presley, the singer-songwriter and only child of Elvis, has died at the age of 54, following her sudden admission to hospital for a medical emergency.
News of Presley’s death was confirmed today by her mother, Priscilla, who said in a statement (via the Associated Press) that “my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us. She was the most passionate strong and loving woman I have ever known.” Priscilla thanked the public for their “love and prayers”.
Presley’s death comes hours after she had been rushed to hospital after suffering a possible cardiac arrest. According to reports, an ambulance was called to Presley’s Calabasas home on Thursday (January 12), where it’s said responders administered CPR. Priscilla later issued a statement confirming the hospitalisation, writing at the time that her daughter was “receiving the best care”.
NME has contacted a representative of Presley for comment.
Lisa Marie Presley was the only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, and the sole heir to her father’s estate, which she assumed in 1980. Presley retained ownership of Elvis’ home in Memphis, Tennessee, including her father’s Graceland mansion and its surrounding 13 acres. In 2004, she sold 85 per cent of all trademark rights to Elvis’ name to music promoter Robert F. X. Sillerman.
She was also a musician in her own right, releasing three studio albums between 2003 and 2012. Her first two albums – ‘To Whom It May Concern’ (2003) and ‘Now What’ (2004) – both hit the top 10 of the Billboard 200 album charts.
Presley was married four times. She was married to Danny Keough between 1988 and 1994, and shared two children with the musician. In 2020, one of her two children to Keough, Benjamin, died at the age of 21. In a statement released at the time by her representative Roger Widynowski, Presley said: “She adored that boy. He was the love of her life.” The statement did not state a cause of death.
Presley was married to Michael Jackson for 18 months in 1994, and would go on to marry actor Nicolas Cage in 2002. Presley’s last public appearance took place just days ago (January 11) at the 2023 Golden Globe Awards, which she attended with her mother in celebration of the Baz Luhrmann-directed biopic, Elvis.
Austin Butler won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama for his portrayal of the title character. “I really didn’t know what to do with myself after I saw it”, Presley said of Elvis on the red carpet. “I had to take, like, five days to process it because it was so incredible and so spot on and just so authentic.”
Presley spoke of bereavement in a 2022 essay for People, writing that “grief does not stop or go away in any sense, a year, or years after the loss. Grief is something you will have to carry with you for the rest of your life, in spite of what certain people or our culture wants us to believe.”
The likes of Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, Pink, the Jackson family, Bette Midler, Corey Feldman, Octavia Spencer, John Travolta and Mia Farrow have paid tribute to Presley.
“There is heartbreak and then there is sorrow. This would be sorrow and on more levels than I can count,” Corgan wrote on Twitter. “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.”
“Lisa Marie, you were one of a kind,” wrote Pink, who collaborated with Presley on the song ‘Shine’. “Funny as shit, smart as a whip, sensitive, talented, witty, mean, loving, generous, judgmental but always right, loyal, and you adored your children.
“My heart breaks for you and your beautiful family and your children. The world lost a rare gem today. May your soul rest in peace, friend.”
Rita Wilson, wife of Tom Hanks, who played Colonel Tom Parker in Elvis, shared a statement paying tribute to Presley.
“Tom and I had spent some time with the family during the Elvis movie promotional tour. Lisa Marie was so honest and direct, vulnerable, in a state of anticipation about the movie,” Wilson wrote. “She spoke so eloquently about her father, what the movie meant to her, that it was a celebration of her dad.”
“If you haven’t heard her music please go listen. She had a sultry voice, a power and tenderness, that I have always loved.”
See these tributes and more below.
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 pic.twitter.com/Iac6b1gbIt
— William Patrick Corgan (@Billy) January 13, 2023
Just so very sad #LisaMariePresley 🌷❤️ pic.twitter.com/BSOW6nE6hG
— Mia Farrow🇺🇦 (@MiaFarrow) January 13, 2023
Utterly devastated to learn of the hideously premature death of a surprisingly sweet, fierce, generous, talented and painfully vulnerable Lisa Marie Presley.
I will treasure you always in my heart girl. Thank you for your kindness. May you now be granted peace. Sx
— Garbage (@garbage) January 13, 2023
Oh no. This is such horrible news. The entire world is sending love and prayers to Priscilla and Lisa Marie's children right now. May it give you stregnth.
— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) January 13, 2023
ANOTHER PERSON I SHARED DEEP EMOTION WITH HAS PASSED AWAY! THIS IS SO SAD & SHOCKING! LISA & I SPENT HRS ON THE PHONE AS SHE WAS DIVORCING MJ, HER SON BEN WAS LIKE A LITTLE BROTHER 2 ME, SO MUCH LOSS, SO MUCH TRAGEDY N THEIR FAMILY, MY ❤️IS W THE PRESLEYS! https://t.co/bWsiJ33lGX
— Corey Feldman (@Corey_Feldman) January 13, 2023
So sad that we’ve lost another bright star in Lisa Marie Presley. My condolences to her loved ones and multitude of fans.
— octavia spencer (@octaviaspencer) January 13, 2023
Dear God, #LisaMariePresley has died; I’m in shock. So beautiful and only 54 years old; I can’t actually comprehend it.
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) January 13, 2023
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. #riplisamarie #LisaMariePresley
— leann rimes cibrian (@leannrimes) January 13, 2023
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. pic.twitter.com/7Sb0DFjbZH
— Leah Remini (@LeahRemini) January 13, 2023
Lisa Marie Presley was such a kind beautiful soft spoken lady who knew that I had named my daughter Presley after ELVIS…
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Sending all our love and prayers to @Cilla_Presley and her family. God bless Lisa Marie.
— Shaun Cassidy (@shaunpcassidy) January 13, 2023
Oh no. https://t.co/5XnhYs5akV
— Dr. Love (@questlove) January 13, 2023
So sad about Lisa Marie Presley. Oddly I was just at Graceland yesterday and took this picture. The guide was telling us that sometimes she would have dinners in the dining room, and once she had a party for her friends in the plane named after her. Rip sweet soul.🕊️ pic.twitter.com/KvHOmgt31F
— Jennifer Tilly (@JenniferTilly) January 13, 2023
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. 🙏💔 pic.twitter.com/bRxg8tP6Rk
— Cary Elwes (@Cary_Elwes) January 13, 2023
Mom and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Lisa Marie Presley. Our prayers are with her mother and her loved ones. – CD, Jr. pic.twitter.com/6CZCXYPIXW
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) January 13, 2023
Elsewhere, Priscilla Presley is set to head out on an In Conversation UK tour this year. Speaking to NME, she vowed: “I’m not going to hold anything back. People are going to understand Elvis even better.”