Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, was one of the most famous babies when she was born on February 1st, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. Sadly, she passed away on January 12, 2023, at the age of 54 after being taken to the hospital after being discovered unconscious at her California home.
Exact nine months after her famous parents’ quick wedding ceremony in their room at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Lisa Marie was born. She and her great-grandmother Minnie, as well as her grandpa Vernon, were named as beneficiaries in her father’s last will after Elvis’s passing in 1977. But Vernon passed away in 1979, and Minnie followed a year later. As a result, Lisa Marie became the only heir to Elvis’s trust. She received her father’s wealth, which had increased to $100 million, in 1993.
Elvis had just one daughter, thus her four children were the only grandkids he had. While she shared her twins, Harper and Finley, with her ex-husband Michael Lockwood, Lisa Marie had actress Riley Keough and her late son Benjamin Keough with her ex-husband Danny Keough. She was also famously wed to actors Nicolas Cage and Michael Jackson.
Lisa Marie entered the music industry, following in her father’s footsteps, and has since released a number of albums and songs. Lisa Marie has dedicated her life to humanitarian causes via the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation in addition to her musical career.
Like her father, she experienced several catastrophes during her life. The loss of her son Benjamin in 2020 was among the most traumatic.
Lisa Marie wed her first spouse, musician Danny Keough, when she was 20 years old. Riley was born the next year, and Benjamin was born in 1992. In 1994, the couple got a divorce.
Lisa Marie Presley said her son Benjamin most resembled her father in a 2012 interview.
“He was the silent storm behind the stage at the Opry!” 2012 saw Lisa Marie’s comment. “When he was over there, everyone turned around and had a look. He was being seized by everyone for photos since he is so strange.
On July 14, 2020, however, tragedy struck as it was revealed that Benjamin had gone away at the age of 27. He had been discovered passed with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the upper chest.
According to Roger Widynowski, Lisa Marie’s attorney, Benjamin’s passing left her “beyond distraught”
She is beyond saddened and inconsolable, but she is attempting to maintain strength for her eldest daughter Riley and her twin 11-year-old children. That guy had her heart. She had loved him all of her life.
Years after his passing, his mother’s grief persisted, and on August 30, 2022, she published a moving piece in remembrance of National Grief Awareness Day in People.
Since the passing of my son two years ago, “I have been living in the horrible reality of (grief’s) merciless clutches,” she said.
It is a genuine decision that I have to make every day to continue, and it is, to put it mildly, tough. But I continue to pursue my females. I continue because my son made it quite plain in his dying moments that caring for his younger sisters and watching out for them were his top priorities, she said.
The industry was rocked by Lisa Marie’s demise in January 2023, and Tom Hanks, who portrayed Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley’s manager in Baz Luhrmann’s movie “Elvis,” paid homage.
“We are devastated by Lisa Marie Presley’s passing. On Instagram, the actor said, “Absolutely shattered.”
Lisa Marie was so remarkably similar to her father that it was eerie, according to songwriter and actress Linda Thompson, who was romantically involved with Elvis following his breakup with Priscilla. She had his expressive pouty lip, boisterous sense of humor, and deep, soulful eyes. Like Elvis, she was a lovely paradox—simple in her complexity. She was brutally honest, up forward, loyal, and loving. There wasn’t a fake cell in her body, in my opinion. She, in my opinion, had a real life.
Lisa Marie was without a doubt Elvis’s greatest love, Thompson said.
In the meanwhile, a statement from Riley’s agents indicated Lisa Marie will be buried close to her son Benjamin at Graceland, Elvis Presley’s old home in Memphis, Tennessee. Elvis, his parents Vernon and Gladys, as well as his grandmother Minnie Mae, who passed away in 1980, are all buried at Graceland’s Meditation Garden.
In a display of her wit and sardonic humor from 2003, Lisa Marie spoke openly about the Meditation Garden. “I don’t have any plans. I’m certain I’ll get there. She joked, “Or I’ll reduce my head and put it in a glass box in the living room. “That way, I’ll bring in more visitors to Graceland.”
Page Six stated that Benjamin’s cemetery was being relocated to make room for his mother only days before Lisa Marie’s funeral ceremony. While a representative verified that Benjamin’s burial was actually “slightly” relocated to make space for Lisa Marie’s last resting place, a source close to the Presley family said, “They are relocating the grave of Benjamin to make room for Lisa in the cemetery behind the home.” TMZ was able to get pictures of Graceland’s preparations for Lisa’s “Celebration of Life” event.
Prior to the memorial, Riley, Harper, Finley, and Priscilla sent a statement to US Weekly in which they expressed their gratitude for the support and well-wishes they had received as well as the outpouring of love they had received in memory of Lisa Marie.
On January 22, 2023, in Graceland, the “King of Rock and Roll’s” lone daughter was put to rest. It was a sad day for the Presley family and admirers. The people closest to Lisa Marie were there to say their last goodbyes, share memories, and honor her life. But her mother’s message moved more people than any other.
When Priscilla delivered her eulogy that day at her daughter’s burial, she personified unadulterated anguish. Before explaining that she was reading poems her granddaughter Riley had written, she said she was “blown away by how many people” were in attendance.
“I don’t know how to describe my mum in words. Actually, there are far too many. For many others throughout the globe, Lisa Marie Presley served as an inspiration, a role model, and a superhero, but for me, Mama served in many more capacities. Read Priscilla. Even today, I can’t convey all there is to know or understand about her, but I’ll do my best, as she always said.