Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley and a singer and composer in her own right, has passed away. Age-wise, she was in the mid-fifties. Priscilla told PEOPLE on Thursday night, “It is with a heavy heart that I must convey the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us.”
“I have never met a more fervent, powerful, or loving lady than she was. Please respect our need for privacy as we mourn this great loss. In appreciation of your support and thoughts, please accept my deepest gratitude. The matter is closed at this moment.” Two days after attending the 2023 Golden Globes with mum Priscilla Presley and Elvis star Austin Butler, EMTs were dispatched to the singer’s home in Calabasas, California on Thursday for a probable cardiac attack.
Lisa Marie Presley was born in Memphis, Tennessee on February 1, 1968, precisely nine months after the wedding of Elvis Presley and Priscilla. She spent her early childhood there before moving to Los Angeles with her mother when she was four years old, following her parents’ divorce in 1973.
After Elvis’ death in August 1977, Lisa Marie, then 9 years old, inherited his estate along with Vernon Presley and Minnie Mae Hood Presley. She was left as the sole successor after her parents passed away in 1979 and 1980, and she took possession of Graceland as a result. Lisa Marie described her experience with Elvis on Good Morning America in 2009, saying, “He’d always wake me up to sing in the middle of the night, hop on the table and sing.” In my mind, he will always be my dad, but he was a fascinating father.
Lisa Marie married Chicago-based musician Danny Keough in October 1988; the couple had a daughter, Riley, in 1989, and a boy, Benjamin, in 1992. The couple separated in May of 1994, after being married for 5.5 years.
Having met the future King of Pop at one of her father’s Las Vegas shows when she was just 7 years old and he was still a member of the Jackson Five, she wed singer Michael Jackson less than a month later. “Because my husband Michael and I share such deep feelings for one another, I have decided to devote my life to being his wife. I get it, and I’m on his side “see what Lisa Marie had to say at the time. In other words, “We’re both excited about starting a family.” After being together for two years, Lisa Marie and Jackson broke up.
She shared with Oprah Winfrey in a 2016 interview that “the one thing that coincides with Michael and with my father on this subject is that they had the luxury of creating whatever world around them they wanted to create,” as reported by HuffPost. “Those who were interested in joining their program or those who were not were both within their reach. They may be trashed if they weren’t needed.”
Lisa Marie got engaged to the Hawaiian-born musician John Oszajca in 2000, but the engagement was called off after she met actor Nicolas Cage at a birthday celebration for Johnny Ramone the same year. At the time, Cage was split from Patricia Arquette.
On the 25th anniversary of Elvis’ death, Lisa Marie and Cage secretly tied the knot in Hawaii. However, the couple announced their separation fewer than four months after their wedding.
Lisa Marie said in a statement released by her publicist Paul Bloch, “I’m sad about this, but we shouldn’t have gotten married in the first place.”
Lisa Marie got married for the fourth time in 2006 to Michael Lockwood, and the couple had twins, Harper and Finley, the following year. Then, in June of 2016, Lisa Marie initiated divorce proceedings. [In 2021, the couple’s divorce was formalized.] A custody struggle for the kids has been going on since the couple split up.
Lisa Marie called herself “ferociously protective” of her children in an interview with Healthy Living in 2014. She explained, “I just smother them in love.” “I put them ahead of everything else. This is the work I’ve been doing. The importance of that is not lost on me. I make sure they’re well taken care of and close by.”
On his 28th birthday, July 12, 2020, Lisa Marie’s son Benjamin took his own life. “My darling lovely angel, I worshipped the ground you walked on, on this planet and now in Heaven,” she said on Instagram immediately after his death. “I felt everything you felt. The emptiness of not having you in my life at all times is suffocating.”
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