WEST HILLS, Calif. (AP/NEXSTAR) — Lisa Marie Presley — the only child of Elvis Presley — died Thursday after being hospitalized earlier that day, her mother said in a statement. The singer was 54 years old.
“It is with a heavy heart that I have to share the terrible news that my beautiful daughter, Lisa Marie, has left us,” Priscilla Presley said in a statement. “She was the hottest, strongest, most loving woman I’ve ever known.”
The announcement came hours after Priscilla Presley confirmed that Lisa Marie Presley had been rushed to hospital earlier on Thursday.
Los Angeles County paramedics were dispatched to a Calabasas home at 10:37 a.m. after a report of a woman in full cardiac arrest, according to Craig Little, county fire department spokesman. Property records show Presley lived at that address.
Paramedics arrived about six minutes later, Little said. A subsequent statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said paramedics performed CPR and “determined that the patient had signs of life” before rushing her to nearby West Hills Hospital.
The city of Calabasas is located between the foothills of the Santa Monica and Santa Susanna mountains, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
Presley, 54, attended the “Golden Globe” ceremony. on Tuesday, in celebration of the Austin Butler Award playing her father in Elvis. She called his performance “stunning” during an interview on the “Entertainment Tonight” red carpet.
“I really didn’t know what to do with myself after I saw that,” she said told ET about the Baz Luhrmann film. “I had to take about five days to process it because it was so incredible and so true and just so authentic that, yeah, I can’t even describe what it means.”
Just days before, she was in Memphis, Tennessee, at Graceland – the mansion where Elvis lived – to celebrate her father’s birthday on January 8.
A representative for Lisa Marie Presley had no comment when contacted by The Associated Press.
Presley recently penned an essay published in People magazine about the “horrible reality” of her grief after her son of Benjamin Keough death by suicide in 2020. Presley is also the mother of actor Riley Keough and twin daughters.
“I have faced death, grief and loss since I was 9 years old. I’ve had more than anyone in their entire life and somehow I’ve made it this far,” she wrote in August.
In 2003, Presley released her debut pop-rock album, To Whom It May Concern, which featured her first solo single, “Lights Out.” The country-tinged track was co-written with Presley and acknowledged her background and connection to a great legacy.
As Presley told New York Times during the release of the album, she was initially hesitant to release the song as her first, as she was looking to make a name for herself. However, she noted that her father’s shadow may be looming large enough that it may be more difficult to complete the mission without “clearing the air”.
Although the album did not spawn any major hits, it was generally well received, and Presley followed it up with two more studio albums.
Presley’s personal life took center stage at several points in her life, especially after her two-year marriage (1994-96) to then-music megastar Michael Jackson. This relationship, given Jackson’s public persona and Jackson was charged with child abuse during their marriage, became a tabloid sensation.
In 2010, Presley told Oprah Winfrey about marriage a year after the singer’s death. In a tearful seat Presley told Oprah Jackson’s death helped her to forgive the grudges she was holding on to. She compared – as many have often done – the life and death of Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley.
“[Michael] always asked me about when he died, how it happened, when it happened and where. He said, ‘I feel like I’m going to end up the same way,'” Presley recalled.
The interview was one of many between Winfrey and Presley. Discussing her short-lived marriage to the “King of Pop,” Presley has always admitted that her and jackson’s marriage was “real” and that she loved him.
After Jackson, Presley was married twice more, including to actor Nicolas Cage (2002-04). Presley was married to guitarist and music producer Michael Lockwood, who produced two of her albums from 2006 to 2021. They had twin daughters.