January 29, 2023

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Lisa Marie Presley, rock singer and Elvis’ only child, dies aged 54

Lisa Marie Presley has died, the Associated Press reports. She was rushed to a nearby hospital from her home in Calabasas, California, after falling to the ground due to cardiac arrest today (January 12). Presley’s mother, Priscilla, confirmed the news to the Associated Press, writing in a statement: “It is with a heavy heart that I share the devastating news that our beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has passed away. She was the most passionate, strong and loving woman I have ever known.” The singer was 54 years old.

Lisa Marie Presley was born on February 1, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. Her father Elvis Presley married her mother Priscilla Presley (née Wagner) on May 1, 1967 – exactly nine months before Lisa Marie was born. The couple divorced in 1973 and their daughter lived with Priscilla in Los Angeles until Elvis’ death in 1977.

With his death, Lisa Marie, along with her grandfather, Vernon Presley, and great-grandmother, Minnie Mae Hood Presley, assumed control of the Presley estate and became the sole owner of the estate after her death. In 2004, she sold controlling interest in the property to SFX Entertainment’s Robert Sillerman.

Presley married her first husband, Danny Keough, in October 1988. Less than a month after their 1994 divorce, she married Michael Jackson, whom she met as a teenager and with whom she reconnected in the early 1990s. She appeared in the video for Jackson’s song “You Are Not Alone” in 1995. Her marriage to Jackson came at a difficult time for the musician, who has faced allegations of child abuse and substance abuse issues. Their marriage lasted until January 1996 when Presley filed for divorce. She married actor Nicholas Cage and then music producer Michael Lockwood, whom she divorced in 2021.

Presley came to music later, releasing her debut single “Lights Out” in February 2003. The song was released on their debut album, To Whom It May Concern, in April. The album peaked at number 5 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and featured Billy Corgan as co-writer on the B-side “Saviour”.

The release was followed by her second album, Now What, in April 2005. In addition to Presley’s original songwriting, the album included a cover of the Don Henley song “Dirty Laundry” and a collaboration with singer Rosa, “Shine”. The album peaked at number 9 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for the week of its release.

Presley was also a generous philanthropist for much of her life. In 1984, she helped found the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation, which she co-directed with Graceland/Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. Together, in 2001, they founded Presley Place, a charity dedicated to helping the homeless. Presley also has partnerships with organizations like the Dream Factory and the Grammy Foundation to support her philanthropic efforts.