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Last Thursday, Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, passed away from an apparent cardiac arrest.
She was born in Memphis, Tennessee but spent most of her life in Los Angeles. There she achieved success as a singer and became mother to Riley Keough (33), twins Finley and Harper Lockwood (14) as well.
Lisa Marie Presley is the only child born of Elvis Presley and Priscilla Garibaldi after their marriage in Las Vegas on February 1, 1968 - nine months after Elvis and Priscilla tied the knot. She was born nine months after they wed on that fateful date!
She was the sole heir to Graceland and its 13 acres, which she managed since her father's passing in 1979. Additionally, she served as sole occupant of the estate until 2005 when she sold her majority interest.
Lisa Marie Presley was a philanthropic force in Memphis, Tennessee throughout her lifetime. She dedicated herself to alleviating homelessness, literacy initiatives and raising funds for local charities and organizations.
Lisa Marie quickly rose to stardom in the entertainment industry with her own hit songs. She traveled around the globe and left a lasting impact on American culture. Lisa Marie's versatility allowed her to perform across various genres with great success.
She was renowned for her remarkable voice and distinctive style, which ranged from baritone to high tenor. Music historian Richard Allen described her range as having "an extraordinary compass".
Though she primarily sang in the country, gospel and R&B genres, she also achieved success in other categories. In America alone, 149 of her songs and albums made it onto Billboard's Hot 100 chart - with 114 ranking among the top forty.
Her number one singles remained at number one for an impressive 80 weeks, and her number one album went on to sell over 90 million copies, cementing her place as one of pop music's greatest successes. Her songs featured various styles like rock n' roll, country, gospel music, blues music and beyond - making her one of pop music's all-time successful artists.
She was an accomplished dancer and pianist, appearing on numerous television shows.
Throughout her lifetime, she was blessed with a comfortable lifestyle and the love of family and friends. She treasured every moment of it and felt truly fortunate for all that life had given her.
Priscilla Presley was Elvis Presley's wife for six years, though she remained close friends with him until his passing. She founded the company that turned Graceland into a tourist destination and also worked as an actress, appearing in both Dallas from 1983-88 and The Naked Gun film series (from 1988-1994).
She and Elvis had one daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, born on February 1, 1968. As sole heir to his estate, Lisa became a successful singer in her own right with three albums released.
According to reports, she passed away in January 2023 after suffering two cardiac arrests: one at her home in Los Angeles and then another while on the way to the hospital. Her family performed CPR on her before loading her into an ambulance for transport; however, unfortunately she succumbed shortly thereafter.
One week prior to her passing, 54-year-old Lisa Marie's mother, Priscilla, filed a court petition in an effort to challenge an amendment made in 2016 that purportedly removed her from Lisa Marie's estate. Her attorneys claimed there were multiple issues with the document including its misspelled spelling and signature that appeared "out of character" for Lisa Marie.
Priscilla also charged that the estate failed to honor her request to have an amendment witnessed and notarized, as required by her trust. She asserted that she was never informed that she no longer served as trustee, adding that she only discovered of the dispute two weeks prior.
Since her husband's passing, Priscilla has been actively engaged in philanthropy. She served on the board of directors of Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation and founded both Dream Factory and Angel Network - organizations that aid children who are in need.
However, Priscilla was disgruntled with how her former husband's public image had been treated and had been considering leaving Graceland when he passed away in 1977. She reportedly intended to sell the property in order to pay off taxes and outstanding debts, but her plans ultimately fell through.
Presley was the heir to her father's fame despite her hooded eyes and smoldering features. She followed in his footsteps as a singer-songwriter, dedicating herself to upholding his legacy.
Lisa Marie Presley was married four times, including to music superstar Michael Jackson and actor Nicolas Cage. She also had a brief union with musician Danny Keough before embarking on her long-term partnership with guitarist and music producer Michael Lockwood.
Her first husband, Danny, was the father of her two children; after divorcing in 1994 she went on to marry Michael Jackson and had twins Finley and Harper Lockwood with him.
Jackson and Presley stirred controversy during their marriage when Jackson was accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy in 1993; however, the couple eventually settled the lawsuit for $23 million. Throughout Presley's union to Jackson, she bravely stood up to child abuse allegations against her father while often seen as an ally.
She was a fierce defender of her late father's legacy even after his passing in 1977. She continued to lend a helping hand to those grieving by co-hosting a support group for recently bereaved parents, helping others cope with their loss.
Although she was devoted to upholding her father's legacy, the pressure of being in the public eye never left. According to reports, she felt "stressed" ahead of her death from having to make press appearances after "Elvis' success".
Throughout Presley's turbulent career, she donned several different hats. She sang and performed in films such as "Dallas" and "Naked Gun."
After her first marriage to musician Danny Keough, which ended in divorce in 1988, she wed Jackson two years later in 1994. Throughout this time, she remained fiercely protective of her late father who remained an enthusiastic supporter of her singing talent.
In addition to her musical career, she was an adoring mother, caring for her three children and visiting her father's estate at Graceland in Memphis. For years after his passing away, she visited Memphis regularly to commemorate his birthdays and anniversaries with fans.
She also shared her grief with others by hosting grief support groups for bereaved parents at her home in Los Angeles. On Thursday morning, however, Priscilla Presley reported to reporters that her daughter passed away suddenly from an apparent cardiac arrest. Priscilla Presley confirmed to reporters that she was taken to the hospital just hours before but unfortunately did not survive.
Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of music legend Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley, was raised in the shadow of her famous parents but determined to carve a path for herself. She became the face of Elvis' brand, an inspiration to celebrities, and an advocate for children with life-threatening illnesses. Additionally, Lisa served on the boards of both Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation and Oprah Winfrey's Angel Network to assist homeless families.
The Graceland heiress was married four times, including to musician Danny Keough and Michael Jackson, each time bearing two children with each union. Her first union was to musician Danny Keough in 1989; together they had daughter Riley in 1989 and son Benjamin two years later (in 1992).
She later married Jackson in 1994 and shared twin daughters, Harper and Finley, with him. Their divorce was finalized in 2021.
She was renowned for her high-profile romances with actors like Nicolas Cage and Michael Lockwood, but she also had a deep affectionate for her children. She attributed their presence in her life with giving her strength to pursue her career while remaining strong for them.
In an essay for National Grief Awareness Day, she shared how her daughters have helped her cope with the loss of her only son Benjamin, who committed suicide at 27. On July 22nd, 2016, they shared a photo of themselves together to mark two years since Benjamin's tragic death by suicide.
No doubt, the singer's relationship with her children could be challenging at times - and it often proved challenging for her to maintain the friendships she valued. Nonetheless, she always put her children before herself and strived to give them the best life possible.
Her daughters were the joy of her life and she loved them with all her heart. They will forever remain in her heart as part of her legacy for generations to come.
Lisa Marie had endured a turbulent and complex divorce, yet her love for her children never wavered throughout her life. A devoted mom, she was proud of their achievements even as she battled addiction in the years prior to her passing away.