Friends, family, and fans are in mourning after the sudden death of singer-songwriter Lisa Marie Presley at age 54. The only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley was hospitalized on January 12 after paramedics responded to a cardiac-arrest call at her home. “It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us,” Priscilla Presley told People. “She was the most passionate, strong and loving woman I have ever known.” The news came just a few hours after confirmation that she was receiving care after her hospitalization. “Priscilla Presley and the Presley family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Lisa Marie,” her family said in a later statement to Variety. “They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time.” Her daughter, actress Riley Keough, shared a photo of the two of them a week later with a red-heart emoji.
Two days before her death, Presley attended the Golden Globes with her mother and watched Austin Butler win for his role in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic. “My heart is completely shattered for Riley, Finley, Harper and Priscilla at the tragic and unexpected loss of Lisa Marie,” Butler said in a Friday statement to Vulture. “I am eternally grateful for the time I was lucky enough to be near her bright light and will forever cherish the quiet moments we shared. Her warmth, her love and her authenticity will always be remembered.”
Tom Hanks, who also starred in Elvis, was one of the first in the cast to react to the news of her death. “Our hearts are broken with the sudden and shocking passing of Lisa Marie Presley tonight,” he and his wife, Rita Wilson, wrote in a joint Instagram tribute. The couple praised Presley’s hospitality during the Elvis press tour, as well as the “power and tenderness” of her singing voice. P!nk, who featured on Presley’s 2005 album Now What, remembered her former collaborator as “funny as shit, smart as a whip, sensitive, talented, witty, mean, loving, generous, judgmental but always right, loyal.” Find more reactions and tributes from Baz Luhrmann, John Travolta, Leah Remini, Dolly Parton, and others below.
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