Breaking: Lisa Marie Presley has died

Lisa Marie Presley. Photo by MICHAEL TRAN/FILMMAGIC

Lisa Marie Presley, has died at the age 54. Her mother Priscilla Presley confirmed her death in a statement on Thursday evening.

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

Elvis Presley’s daughter, singer Lisa Marie Presley, was rushed from her Calabasas home to a nearby hospital after possibly suffering from cardiac arrest earlier today.

According to TMZ the 54-year-old performer was given CPR at her home just outside Malibu this morning. Just two days ago Lisa Marie and her mother, 77-year-old Priscilla Presley made an appearance at the Golden Globes Awards in Hollywood to celebrate the “Elvis” biopic. Its star Austin Butler took home a Best Actor award and gave Priscilla and Lisa Marie a televised shout-out.

According to unidentified fire department personnel Lisa Marie’s condition was unknown at the time, but after someone reportedly administered epinephrine her pulse returned. Lisa Marie Presley is the heir to the multi-million-dollar Elvis Presley estate.

One of her four marriages was in 1994 notably to Michael Jackson. Lisa Marie and some of her children have often been spotted in Malibu. She is the only child of rock and roll legend Elvis Presley.

Article was updated at 6:14 p.m.

Update: The only child of Elvis Presley passes away

Upon hearing the name “Lisa Marie” most people knew the name referred to Lisa Marie Presley without even hearing her last name. She was that famous from the day she was born, nine months to the day after her parents Elvis and Priscilla Presley tied the knot in a headline-making Las Vegas wedding. Lisa Marie’s birth in 1968 was international news and her name was ingrained in American pop culture as it was emblazoned on her father’s famous private jet, the “Lisa Marie.” She was the only child of “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” and the sole heir to his fortune.

Lisa Marie Presley died unexpectedly Jan. 12 after suffering an apparent cardiac episode. She was just 54.

Only two days before her death, Lisa Marie made an appearance at the Golden Globes Awards show with her mother, 77-year-old Priscilla Presley. The two were at the ceremony in support of the movie biopic “Elvis” and its star Austin Butler, who took home a Best Actor award for his performance as the rock ‘n’ roll legend. Lisa Marie looked frail, however. Then, on the morning of Thursday, Jan. 12, paramedics were rushed to her Calabasas mansion just outside Malibu. The singer-songwriter was found unresponsive suffering a cardiac arrest. An unidentified Los Angeles County Fire Department employee was quoted as saying CPR was performed and that Presley’s pulse returned after an EMT administered a shot of epinephrine. The unidentified source claimed that when the mother of four was rushed to West Hills Hospital, she was showing signs of life. Hopes of a recovery were quickly dashed, however, when Priscilla Presley that afternoon released a statement saying “The Presley family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Lisa Marie. They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time.”

As the heir to Elvis Presley’s fortune, Lisa Marie became involved in the business side of his estate at a young age. She eventually sold off part of her interest in Elvis Presley Enterprises, but kept sole ownership of the family home, Graceland. 

Her career passion was about her own artistry as a singer-songwriter. She released three albums and sang on a television special with Malibu’s Pat Benatar, whom she considered a hero. She also worked making music on her second album with another Malibu resident, Pink.

On Presley’s debut album in 2003, “To Whom It May Concern” she presciently wrote about the stark reality her own death in the song “Lights Out.” In the rock song, Presley sings, “Someone turned the lights out there in Memphis. That’s where my family’s buried and gone. Last time I was there I noticed a space left. Next to them there in Memphis in the damn back lawn.” 

Lisa Marie will be buried at her family’s storied home Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, just a few feet away from her famous father and next to her son and near look-a-like to Elvis, Benjamin Keough, who died by suicide in 2020 at age 27. After his death, Presley was quoted as saying, “I will never be the same. Please wait for me my love.” 

Later writing about her grief, Presley wrote, “I have been living in the horrific reality of its unrelenting grips.” She spoke openly about substance abuse and addiction to get her through several struggling chapters in her life, including four failed marriages and a custody battle over her two youngest children. Notably, two of her husbands were A-listers — pop star Michael Jackson and actor Nicholas Cage, both of whom she did not share children.

Lisa Marie had said she wanted her legacy to be that of a mother. She said she always focused on her children and family. One of her final public appearances was just on Jan. 8 at Graceland. Presley was there to celebrate what would have been her legendary father’s 88th birthday.