Lisa Marie Presley died on Thursday evening, just hours after going into cardiac arrest at her home in Calabasas, the Associated Press reports. Presley, who was the only child of rock’n’roll legend Elvis Presley, was 54 years old.
Priscilla Presley confirmed the news 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,” she wrote. “She was the most passionate, strong, and loving woman I have ever known.”
The daughter of the legendary singer and film star was in critical condition in a medically-induced coma in the afternoon and had been placed on life support with a temporary pacemaker, according to TMZ.
Earlier on Thursday, Priscilla Presley asked for prayers and privacy on Instagram, writing, “My beloved daughter Lisa Marie was rushed to the hospital. She is now receiving the best care. Please keep her and our family in your prayers. We feel the prayers from around the world, and ask for privacy during this time.”
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Presley was stricken this morning at her home, just two days after she appeared with her mother at the Golden Globes in support of Austin Butler, who was the winner of the Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy award for his portrayal of her father in Baz Luhrman’s biopic, Elvis.
A source “with direct knowledge” of the situation told TMZ that Presley’s housekeeper found her unresponsive in her bedroom. At around the same time, Presley’s first husband, Chicago musician Danny Keough—who TMZ reports Presley had been living with for a while—arrived home from taking the kids to school and performed CPR until paramedics arrived. The EMTs were able to revive Presley’s pulse before transporting her to a local hospital.
TMZ reported that her mother joined her at the hospital at 1:19 p.m. PST.
Presley had four children, including actress Riley Keough, who rocketed to fame after appearing in Mad Max: Fury Road and delivering a stunning performance in the TV series The Girlfriend Experience, and Benjamin Keough, who died by suicide in 2020. In August, to honor National Grief Awareness Day, Presley penned a raw and emotional essay discussing how the pain and grief of parental bereavement get compounded when one becomes a pariah to other parents.
“I already battle with and beat myself up tirelessly and chronically, blaming myself every single day and that’s hard enough to now live with, but others will judge and blame you too, even secretly or behind your back, which is even more cruel and painful on top of everything else,” she wrote. “This is where finding others who have experienced a similar loss can be the only way to go. Support groups that have your specific kind of loss in common. I go to them, and I hold them for other bereaved parents at my home. Nothing, absolutely NOTHING takes away the pain, but finding support can sometimes help you feel a little bit less alone.”
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In addition to her brief marriage to Michael Jackson in 1994, Pressley had a series of romantic relationships, including a well-publicized period with Nicholas Cage. In 2006, he entered her fourth marriage with her guitarist and producer Michael Lockwood; the two had twin girls, Finely Aaron Love Lockwood and Harper Vivienne Ann Lockwood. She and Lockwood separated in 2016 and their divorce was finalized in 2021.
A member of the Church of Scientology from 1997 to 2014, when she officially broke ties, Presley was among the list of witnesses called by prosecutors in the recent rape trial of That 70s Show actor and lifelong Scientologist Danny Masterson. Prosecutors had claimed that the church pressured Presley to speak to one of the accusers, a long-time friend, in order to “calm things down.” In November, however, Deputy District Attorney Reinhold Mueller opted not to call Presley to the stand.
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