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Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis, dies aged 54

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LOS ANGELES, Jan 12 (Reuters) – Singer Lisa Marie Presley, the only child of the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” Elvis Presley, died on Thursday at age 54 after being rushed to a hospital in the Los Angeles, her mother said.

“It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us,” her mother, Priscilla Presley, said in a statement.

“She was the most passionate, strong and loving woman I have ever known. We ask for privacy as we try to deal with this profound loss,” the statement added.

Lisa Marie Presley suffered a cardiac arrest at her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Calabasas, according to the entertainment website TMZ. She was then taken to the hospital on Thursday.

She attended the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills earlier this week, where actor Austin Butler won best actor for playing her father in “Elvis.”

Butler paid tribute to Lisa Marie Presley and her mother during her acceptance speech. Elvis Presley died of cardiac arrest in August 1977, aged 42.

Presley was remembered by Hollywood stars, including Tom Hanks – Butler’s co-star in the movie “Elvis” – Rita Wilson and John Travolta, as well as fashion designer Donatella Versace.

“Our hearts are broken by the sudden and shocking death of Lisa Marie Presley tonight. Tom and I spent time with the family during the Elvis movie promotional tour. Lisa Marie was so honest and direct, vulnerable, in a state of anticipation about the movie,” Rita Wilson, actress and wife of Hanks, said in an Instagram post.

“Lisa, baby girl, I’m so sorry. I will miss you, but I know I’ll see you again. My love and heart goes out to Riley, Priscilla, Harper and Finley,” actor Travolta wrote on Instagram, referring to The Daughters and mother of Lisa Marie Presley.

“I will never forget the times we spent together,” designer Versace said via Instagram. “Your beauty and kindness shone through so brightly. Rest in peace, Lisa Marie. We will never forget you.”

MUSIC CAREER, MARRIAGES

Lisa Marie Presley was born on February 1, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee, and became the owner of her father’s Graceland mansion, a popular tourist attraction in the city. She was nine when Elvis died there.

His own music career began with a debut album in 2003, “To Whom It May Concern”. It was followed by 2005’s “Now What”, and both reached the top 10 of the Billboard 200 album chart. A third album, “Storm and Grace”, was released in 2012.

She was married four times. She married pop star Michael Jackson in 1994, just 20 days after her divorce from her first husband, musician Danny Keough. The high-profile couple divorced in 1996 when Jackson was battling child molestation allegations.

Presley married actor Nicholas Cage, a fan of her father, in 2002. Cage filed for divorce four months later.

Her fourth marriage was to her guitarist and music producer Michael Lockwood. The divorce was finalized in 2021.

Their only child, Benjamin Keough, himself a musician, died in 2020 at age 27, a death ruled a suicide by the Los Angeles County coroner.

Lisa Marie Presley recalled her son in an essay for People magazine earlier this year that she posted on Instagram, calling herself “destroyed” by his death.

She is survived by daughter Riley Keough, 33, an actress, and twin daughters Harper and Finley Lockwood, 14.

Reporting by Lisa Richwine, Eric Beech, Kanishka Singh and Dan Whitcomb; Additional reporting by Rhea Binoy; Editing by Mary Milliken, Marguerita Choy and Kenneth Maxwell

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