Lisa Marie Presley dies at 54 after suffering cardiac arrest in Los Angeles

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Lisa Marie Presley (Memphis, 1968), the only daughter Elvis Presley had, has died this Thursday in Los Angeles at the age of 54. “It is with a heavy heart that I must share that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie is gone,” said Priscilla, her 77-year-old mother, in a statement issued this afternoon. The death of the actress and singer, who was also the wife of Michael Jackson, occurred hours after she was admitted to a hospital for cardiac arrest. The only daughter of the musical legend Elvis Presley was seen for the last time in public last Tuesday at the Beverly Hilton, where she attended the Golden Globes gala with her mother to accompany actor Austin Butler, who gives life to her father in the movie Elvisdirected by Baz Luhrmann, performance with which he won the statuette for best actor in a drama film at the awards granted by the Academy of Foreign Press in Hollywood.

Lisa Marie was found around 10:30 a.m. in her room by one of her employees, she reported. TMZ. The woman called the emergency services, who arrived six minutes later at the residence located in Calabasas, a city that is home to many Hollywood celebrities, located 50 kilometers from downtown Los Angeles. A spokesman for the local fire service had confirmed to the Associated Press agency that paramedics treated her for cardiac arrest.

Elvis’s daughter was not breathing by the time paramedics entered the home. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office reported in a statement that emergency personnel had to perform a cardiopulmonary resuscitation massage on him. Authorities claimed that Lisa Marie Presley had “vital signs” when she was taken to the county hospital. Her mother, Priscilla, who separated from Elvis in 1972, called her the most “passionate, courageous and loving” woman she ever knew.

Priscilla and Elvis show Lisa Marie in 1958, in the first known image of the only daughter of the Presleys.Perry Aycock (AP)

In her musical career, Lisa Marie was always marked by the long shadow that her father cast on various genres and on her own existence. Although she always showed an affinity for music, she took several years to release an album, for fear of not meeting the expectations that she generated by being the biological daughter of the king of rock. Producer Glen Ballard, who had billed many of Alanis Morissette’s debut hits, convinced her to record several of her songs. In 2003 it was published To Whom It May Concern, where the singer showed a personal angle. The disc climbed to fifth position in the bill board. The second album, now what, was published two years later. The third, Storm & Graceproduced by T-Bone Burnett, arrived in 2012.

Lisa Marie and Priscilla were invited to the Golden Globes for the production of Elvis. Actor Austin Butler won his first award at a ceremony organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. At 31, Butler thanked the family of the king of rock for the opportunity to star in what has been, so far, the role of his career. His performance, described on Sunday as “incredible” by Lisa Marie herself, has placed him among the favorites for Oscar nominations.

Before going to the Golden Globes ceremony, Lisa Marie visited, last Sunday, the legendary Graceland, the mansion where her father lived, who died in 1977 at the age of 42 from a heart problem linked to drug abuse. Lisa Marie lived at Graceland until she was four years old, at which time her parents broke up. However, she visited the famous Memphis (Tennessee) residence every January 8, a pilgrimage site for thousands of fans every year, to commemorate her father’s birthday.

Her romantic relationship with Michael Jackson was always under intense scrutiny from the press. The couple separated in 1997 after three years of marriage. This was not the only turbulent romance of hers. 20 years ago, she married actor Nicholas Cage, but that marriage was even shorter. It only lasted three months.

Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson, in 1994 in Budapest (Hungary).
Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson, in 1994 in Budapest (Hungary). Stringer . (Reuters)

In 1988, Lisa Marie Presley starred in her first wedding to her high school sweetheart, composer Danny Keough. From this union, which lasted six years, two children were born. The eldest is Riley, who is 33 years old today, and is dedicated to acting. Starting in March, she can be seen in an Amazon adaptation of the popular teen book. Daisy Jones & The Six, about a fictional 1970s rock band in California led by a star. Riley has said that she turned to her mother, whom she considers “a very strong and intelligent woman,” as inspiration for this role.

Riley’s younger brother Benjamin committed suicide at the age of 27 in October 2020. His family buried him at Graceland, where the bodies of his grandfather and great-grandparents, Vernon and Minnie Mae, also rest. The death was a devastating blow to his mother, who considered him the love of his life.

Additionally, Lisa Marie had younger twin daughters, Harper and Finley, from a second marriage to musician Michael Lockwood. The ex-partner divorced in 2016 after 10 years of living together. Shortly after, they staged a legal battle for the custody of the girls. In 2018, a judge ordered Presley to pay his ex-husband $100,000 in legal fees.

In that process, Lockwood focused on Lisa Marie’s addiction problems. The actress and singer has spoken publicly of her dependence on tranquilizers and opiates. In a recent book about this epidemic, Presley explained that her addiction began when a doctor prescribed pain pills in 2008 after the delivery of her daughters. “It only took a short-term prescription of opioids in the hospital for her to feel the need for her to continue taking them,” she wrote in the foreword to The United States of Opioidsby Harry Nelson, a lawyer specializing in health issues.

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