Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis and Priscilla, dies at 54 – Rolling Stone

Lisa-Marie Presley, The singer, whose blues voice spanned three albums and was Elvis Presley’s only child, died Thursday at the age of 54.

“It is with a heavy heart that I share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has passed away,” her mother, Priscilla Presley, said in a statement, according to The Associated Press. “She was the most passionate, strong and loving woman I have ever known.”

The announcement came just hours after her mother confirmed she had been rushed to a local hospital early Thursday. Presley had gone into cardiac arrest at her home in Calabasas, the LA County Fire Department confirmed to Rolling Stone. Just days before the incident, Presley, along with her mother Priscilla, attended the Golden Globes, where Austin Butler, who portrayed Elvis in the biopic about the musician, received the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama. “Lisa Marie, Priscilla, I love you forever,” Butler said during his acceptance speech.

Born on February 1, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee, nine months after Elvis and Priscilla’s wedding, Lisa Marie grew up in the area until she was four and moved to Los Angeles with her mother after her parents divorced in 1973. As a Daughter One of the most celebrated artists in history, Presley forged her own music career. She released three albums: 2003’s To Whom It May Concern, which went gold in the US for selling over 500,000 units, 2005’s So What and 2012’s Storm & Grace. Throughout her work, she paid tribute to a man whose style and tone forever echoed in the American soundscape.

On their latest album, Storm and Grace, the raw country, folk and blues collection embraced their southern roots and family name. In the year of publication, she spoke to Rolling Stone about finding her roots as she got older. “I always feel like I have to fight and kick, I don’t know why. But all I’ve done in the past trying to do anything else was step on my own feet and trip,” she told Rolling Stone. “It was always against myself and it hurt me even though I thought I was fighting other people. I had to go through these phases, I did. So yeah, I don’t do that anymore.”

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In 1988 she married musician Danny Keough. The couple separated after six years and had two children, including actress Riley Keough and Benjamin Keough, who died by suicide in 2020 at the age of 27 following the death of their son Benjamin. “The lives of me and my three daughters as we knew it were utterly devastated and devastated by his death. We live in this each. Singles. day,” she wrote.

She was married to Michael Jackson from 1994 to 1996. Often credited as the daughter of the King of Rock n’ Roll who married the King of Pop, their relationship was mired in tabloids and media attention. Two years after ending her marriage to Jackson, Lisa Marie married actor Nicholas Cage during a ceremony in Hawaii on the 25th anniversary of Elvis’ death. The two announced their split less than four months after their wedding.

Her fourth marriage was to Michael Lockwood, with whom she had twin daughters, Finley Lockwood and Harper Lockwood. They divorced in 2021.

Her father’s enormous legacy was a constant part of her life. In a 2003 interview with Rolling Stone after the release of her first album, To Whom It May Concern, Presley recalled hiding as a child, listening to music or singing to herself in front of a mirror. “My father would catch me,” she said. “I’m sure he enjoyed it. He put me on the coffee table in front of everyone and made me sing.”

In 2018, she sang a reinterpreted duet with her father on the title track of his posthumous compilation of gospel songs Where No One Stands Alone. “It was a very powerful and moving experience singing with my father,” Lisa Marie wrote in her notes for the album. “The lyrics speak to me and touch my soul. I’m sure the lyrics spoke to my father in a similar way.”


Although Lisa Marie grew up on the West Coast, she regularly visited Elvis at Graceland. Her first single “Lights Out” reflects those memories: “I cried every time I left you and then I didn’t want to see you. . . . I still leave my watch behind two hours.” It was a habit that carried over into her daily life, and Lisa Marie set her watch to the time in Tennessee years after her father’s death.

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