Lisa Marie Presley passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 54

For most of the afternoon and early evening on Thursday, there were blaring headlines about Lisa Marie Presley being rushed to the hospital in Los Angeles. They said “cardiac arrest” and I thought “well, the doctors will save her, she’s only 54 years old.” They couldn’t save her. Lisa Marie Presley passed away last night in Los Angeles. Her mother Priscilla Presley issued the family’s statement:

“It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us,” Priscilla confirmed in a statement to PEOPLE Thursday evening. “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. Thank you for the love and prayers. At this time there will be no further comment.”

[From People]

It feels like she was way too young. So much tragedy with this family. Lisa Marie was Priscilla and Elvis Presley’s only child. She grew up in LA and Memphis, and she inherited the Presley estate when her father died when she was 9 years old. She was married four times, to Danny Keough, Michael Jackson, Nicholas Cage and Michael Lockwood. She gave birth to four children and she is survived by three children: Riley Keough, 33, and 14-year-old twins Harper Vivienne and Finley Lockwood. Lisa Marie’s son Benjamin died by suicide in 2020, and she was reportedly devastated and still very deep in grief for the son she called her “beautiful angel.” Her heart was broken.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the extended Presley/Keough/Lockwood family.

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  1. Seaflower says:

    A shock because she was young. I feel for the remaining family, especially the younger girls. So much heartache in that family.

    • SarahLee says:

      Agreed. Too much grief and heartache. I’ve always thought about what she must have gone through at age 9, finding her father dead on the bathroom floor. Losing a child to suicide is devastating. She’s struggled her entire life, and I hope she has peace now. She looked so fragile at the GGs.

  2. DouchesOfCambridge says:

    So sad. What a tragic destiny for this family and how hard it must be for Priscilla to have live through all this grief. Condolences to her family and friends.
    RIP Lisa Marie Presley

    • LadyMTL says:

      I was thinking about this earlier today…Priscilla has had to deal with so much loss. The father of her child (okay they weren’t married anymore but still), her grandson, and now her daughter. Oof. It’s so sad.

  3. Noki says:

    This seems to not have been as ‘shocking’ and wall to wall coverage as other high profile celebrity deaths. I am sorry to sound insensitive maybe people are so used to grim news. May she Rest.

    • Sandra says:

      I will also risk sounding insensitive here but I don’t think it has been covered much because she has not been very relevant in celebrity news or the entertainment industry for awhile – which is a good thing, I think

      The name is iconic absolutely but I’m 33 years old and I know who she is, mostly only having heard about her marriage to MJ.

      I know Riley Keough is her daughter but I don’t really watch much that she has been in so I am not sure about how well known it is that she is related to Elvis.

      • Freya says:

        It may be a generational thing, Xenniels and older, because she was always known first as Elvis’s daughter and everything else a distant second, third, etc. I don’t even know Riley Keough but I always knew Lisa Marie.

      • Zazzoo says:

        GenX and we’ve followed her through marriages to Michael Jackson (which was a HUGE deal at the time joining the two biggest musical families) and Nicholas Cage, which was sad because he was so clearly in love with her father. In any case, I’m not the Elvis generation but Priscilla was a big celebrity while I was growing up and and Lisa Marie is only slightly older than me (way too young for a cardiac arrest!)

      • Christine says:

        GenX here, too, and Priscilla was the big name in the “Presley” family, for me, mostly due to Dallas. I knew of Elvis, because he’s my Mom’s all time favorite musician, but Priscilla was who I thought of as the more famous of the two. I was 2 when Elvis died.

        You’re right, Zazzoo, Lisa Marie’s many marriages were the only reason I kept up with her at all. I feel so awful for this entire family, they have had too much to deal with the last couple of years.

      • zazzoo says:

        @Christine – I knew her first from Dallas also, but *everyone* watched Dallas so that was “big celebrity” for my world, and I definitely knew she’d been married to Elvis and had a child with him. And then the Naked Gun movies, of course.

  4. FHMom says:

    This is so tragic. My heart hurts for her family. I dont know what her health issues were, but Celebitches, do not ignore your heart health, especially if heart disease runs in your family.

    • H says:

      Elvis’s mother died very young from heart disease too. In her 40s, I believe. I have to admit I was on the Daily Fail last night when the headline changed and they posted that Lisa Marie had passed away. I immediately called my mother as she was a huge Elvis fan. We commiserated that that family has had some tragedies.

      Then, I put on Lisa Marie’s debut album, which I had really liked when it had been released. She did have a lot of talent. I hope her family can find peace.

      • MissMarirose says:

        I believe Elvis was 42 and Gladys was 46, so LM outlived both of them.
        Twitter was a dumpster fire last night with so many idiots blaming this on the vaccine. Travis Tritt was one of them. Someone needs to smack him.

      • Zazzoo says:

        On which vaccine? She was born in the late 60s so she’s likely been vaccinated for polio, measles, the whole gambit. (I know which vaccine just pointing out the absurdity.)

      • MsIam says:

        The COVID vaccine. Those idiots blame everything on that including the football player who went into cardiac arrest last week. Its shameful.

      • lucy2 says:

        Blaming the covid vaccine is the dumbest thing I’ve seen in a while. Like no one had a heart attack before 2020?

    • sunny says:

      Her death is very sad and I hope her family is getting lots of love and support. Honestly, that family has suffered too many tragedies.

  5. Normades says:

    This is absolutely tragic and heartbreaking. 54 is no age to go. My heart goes out to her mother and daughters.

  6. girl_ninja says:

    Lisa was too young and this is so sad.

  7. Snuffles says:

    Tragic indeed. But, before the conspiracy theorists start screaming “it’s the vaccine!”, Lisa Marie has a family history of people in her family dying young from heart attacks-Elvis and her grandmother died young from heart attacks. Plus, she had a long history of drug problems with 4 rehab stints.

    • Lolo86lf says:

      I hope Lisa Marie died clean. I say I hope because none of us were there to know one way or another. Her life has been filled with tragedy since she was very young as we all know money and fame can’t save you from the suffering that life can bring you.

      • The Old Chick says:

        She had trouble standing (required assistance) and talking at the awards bizo the other night. I’m not saying that was causal just that it was noticed.. So she wasn’t clean. She had a long history of addiction like her dad. It was incredibly sad whatever the reason

      • molly says:

        @The Old Chick- that’s what I thought too.

        It’s similar to the Carrie Fisher situation where someone grows up in extraordinary circumstances, with extraordinary fame in their families, and it leads to a lot of destructive behaviors.

        Sad and tragic all around.

  8. I'm not eating zoodles says:

    I couldn’t believe it when I heard the news. She passed so suddenly! How utterly heartbreaking for her family.

  9. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    This one was so shocking to me too. It’s so sad. I read somewhere she was complaining of stomach pain earlier in the day that started feeling worse. Women certainly need to be more mindful of of what our bodies are trying to tell us. My mother-in-law started feeling sick (stomach, dizziness) on thanksgiving, went to rest, and felt better in a couple of days. She found out it was a mild heart attack and got 2 stents and an artery ballooned on Monday. It’s the stomach that surprises me.

    • SarahCS says:

      And women need to know that our symptoms are often very different to the ‘typical’ (male) heart attack symptoms that we have been led to believe are the norm. Even doctors can mis-diagnose because there is a lack of understanding. It’s terrifying.

    • Chantal says:

      @LaunicaAngelina Thanks for sharing this – I’m shocked at hearing about the stomach symptoms being an indicator.
      Elvis’ 88th birthday was this past Sunday. She was indeed too young and her life filled with so much tragedy, plus her struggles with addiction. RIP Lisa Marie.

    • Mle428 says:

      I had a nursing instructor who was an old school ER nurse. She still is someone that I think of as a role model for my practice style. She told us, “With any pain experienced above the waist, you need to rule out cardiac issues.” That has always stuck with me.

      My husband’s dad died of a massive heart attack at 59 and his only symptom was mid-back pain.

    • Christine says:

      Grey’s Anatomy specifically had a plot line centered around the fact that women’s symptoms are so different. Remember when Bailey was having a heart attack, and she was taken to a hospital that wasn’t Grey’s and she had to convince all of the doctors she needed an EKG, or whatever, and they all dismissed her concerns. Her main complaint was stomach related, I think.

      Who knew that show was so useful?

  10. ThatsNotOkay says:

    She always seemed so cool. I just liked her. But she has had to deal with so much BS in her life, including three out of four bad marriages. And then the loss of her son truly, irreparably broke her. Her heart was shattered. I’m saddened by this news but not fully surprised. I don’t know how one copes with the loss of a child like that.

    • Elizabeth says:

      My nephew committed suicide this past Christmas Day, 24 years old, ptsd from military service. There was a service yesterday and his parents look haunted, like shadows of who they were. He was their only child. One of my sons also battles depression and anxiety, and we have spent countless hours over the years talking about how to cope, what to do when the black cloud descends. How there is always help available, I just never knew my nephew was hurting like this. I wish I had. RIP Lisa Marie. And I hope her children get lots of help.

      • Chaine says:

        I’m so sorry your family is going through this. My condolences such a terrible loss.

      • H says:

        @elizabeth, My deepest condolences for your family. My brother-in-law killed himself 4 years ago. He was also a vet. It absolutely devastated my family and we have not been the same since. Just know that you are not alone. Much love.

      • New.Here says:

        ELIZABETH – I am so sorry your family is going through this, it’s terrible to lose a young person who has so much life ahead of them, seemingly. I also really appreciate that you talk to your son about his mental health struggles so openly, he’s very lucky to have you! Hugs to you and yours 🤗🤗😊

      • lucy2 says:

        I’m so sorry, Elizabeth.

      • Christine says:

        I am so, so sorry, Elizabeth!

      • Charfromdarock says:

        I’m so sorry for you and your family’s loss Elizabeth.

  11. smcollins says:

    When I saw the news last night about her being rushed to the hospital after experiencing cardiac arrest I have to admit a part of me thought “This is not going to end well”. When I saw the news this morning of her passing I was saddened but not entirely shocked. I hope she is finally at peace after all the tragedy and heartbreak in her too-short life. My heart goes out to her family & loved ones.

  12. Prairiegirl says:

    More sad news for the Presley family. My heart goes out to her mom in particular. RIP Lisa Marie.

  13. Lightpurple says:

    She did not look well at the Golden Globes Tuesday night so I was not shocked when she collapsed yesterday. This is all very sad.

    • Sue E Generis says:

      You’re right. Just saw the video, she looked awful. Very unwell. Sometimes people ignore things that are happening with their bodies.

    • Heat says:

      The sad thing, that most people don’t know, is that women often don’t show the classic signs of a heart attack.
      It can look & feel like the flu. Nausea, dizziness, fatigue, and overall discomfort.

      So sad and way too young!

  14. Carmen says:

    She was at the Golden Globes awards this past Tuesday. She looked terrible. I thought she might be on drugs.

    • molly says:

      I sincerely hope she’s resting in peace because yes, this was unlikely to have been a surprise “cardiac arrest” of a healthy, happy woman.

      • CourtneyB says:

        She was living with her first husband. I don’t know whether or not it was a full blown reconciliation or shared grief over their son. But she’d seemed happiest back in those days.

  15. Mads says:

    These celebrity death come up and every once in a while they truly make me tear up… Lisa Marie’s death has made me cry. So sad, her poor family. I have no doubt her father and son welcomed her with open arms. RIP

  16. Eleonor says:

    May she rest in peace.

  17. JanetDR says:

    So sad for her family. At least we know those children will get some hugs and love 😢

  18. HeyKay says:

    I’m surprised this wasn’t the top post on here this morning.
    Lisa Marie was famous from the minute she was born.
    So much loss in her life. R.I.P.

  19. Lucía says:

    My God, this poor woman. If only life had been kinder to her. At least she’s with her son now. May she finally rest in peace.

  20. Twin Falls says:

    14 is so young to lose a parent. My heart goes out to the entire family.

    • Julia K says:

      Yes, and I worry who is left to decently parent 14 year old twin girls? Such a vulnerable age. 😢😢

      • Lady D says:

        Priscilla has had custody of the girls for 2-3 years now.

      • Christine says:

        It sounds like Danny Keough is somehow responsible for them as well, if he was doing the school run when Lisa Marie collapsed. At least they have two adults to shield them right now. Three, counting their big sister.

    • lucy2 says:

      I hadn’t realized they were still so young. How tragic.

  21. teehee says:

    Priscilla must be absolutely devastated 🙁

    • Nina says:

      I can’t imagine how heartbreaking it must be to have to bury your child.

      • HoofRat says:

        I watched someone very close to me go though agony when they unexpectedly lost their daughter due to medical error. They told me that while the initial acute grief may lessen over time, it’s always there, waiting to ambush. I felt so sorry for Lisa-Marie, and now for Priscilla. That poor family.

  22. Fuzzy Crocodile says:

    When I saw the news last night, I thought about how much pressure and scrutiny there must be as the only child of Elvis. And yes, that family has seen a lot of sorrow.

    Hope she’s making sweet music with her father. So sad.

  23. HeyKay says:

    She seemed so frail at the GG.
    Her grief at losing her only son was devastating.
    She spoke openly about it, says how she struggled, and knew she must keep going for her surviving children.

    For all the money and luxury, Lisa Marie had so much loss and heartbreak in her life.
    Your family and dear friends are the true riches. Poor Priscilla.

  24. Alice says:

    I feel awful for her mother and her kids. Riley is primed to have a breakout year with the release of Daisy Jones, and now that press tour is going to a painful slog where everyone asks about her mothers death.

  25. Case says:

    So tragic. This poor family has endured so many young losses. My heart goes out to her daughters and mother. May she rest peace with her son and father.

    I feel terrible for her daughter Riley — she’ll be in the Daisy Jones and the Six show in March. This should be such an exciting time for her and now she will be grieving the loss of her mother.

  26. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    So very sad. That family is in shock right now.

  27. Mel says:

    She didn’t look well at the Golden Globes. She can rest now.

  28. paddingtonjr says:

    I am surprised that this has hit me as hard as it has. I didn’t realize she was so young. I think for a lot of people, myself included, she was a link to Elvis and now that link is gone. My thoughts and prayers with her family especially her mother and daughters.

  29. Emily_C says:

    This is so sad. She was too young.

  30. Zoe says:

    Sad to hear. Lisa Marie seemed like a cool lady, I always liked her in interviews. She had a few good songs too. It seems she died from a broken heart more than anything. Besides her genes, her life was never the same after her son died. Her kids were her world. May she finally be at the peace which eluded her in life, and with her many family members who went before. 🙏

  31. art maven says:

    Rest in Peace, Lisa Marie and I wish your family peace as well, Love.

  32. HeyKay says:

    I’m surprised at some of SM. I suppose I shouldn’t be tho.
    Truly mean and cruel things are being said about LM.
    Money does not fix heart break.
    Often times people use drugs or liquor as self-medicating to block their pain.

    Empathy seems to be a rare thing for some people.
    Children lost their Mom, Priscilla lost her beloved daughter.
    If you can’t be kind, be quiet and Thank the Universe it is not happening to you.

  33. AmelieOriginal says:

    Ugh I feel so much for Riley Keough! She is going to be starring in a miniseries dropping on Amazon Prime in March in Daisy Jones and the Six (a Taylor Jenkins Reid book, same author who wrote The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo). And I feel so sorry for her she can’t share that moment with her mom. Also the twin daughters are still minors I think so I wonder who will get custody? Lisa Marie accused their father Michael Lockwood of childhood pornography and I think she had sole custody. Just a tragedy all around.

    • AppleCart says:

      Oh I hope her Mom swoops in and gets custody. If the allegations are true and he gets custody. He would also go after her estate for child support. Which seems even more cruel with what she did to get them away from him.

  34. AppleCart says:

    I hate her death is a boon for Danny Masterson and Scientology. It was thought she was going to finally testify against him for the re-trial this March. She knew a lot and had immunity from any criminal prosecution.

    I didn’t watch the GG but seeing the clips she really did not look well. Even with all the makeup her skin looked grey. She probably just stayed quiet since she didn’t want to cause a fuss. So sad, my Mom’s best friend did the same thing last year. She loved Christmas and was very sick and didn’t say a word so she could enjoy the day with her family. She passed Christmas night from a heart attack.

    Also, I wonder as a former Scieontologist if she skipped years of checks up and medical care. Not that they are banned from it. But they are programmed to believe they can ‘self heal’ with all their super powers. Didn’t work out so well for Kelly Preston or Kirstie Alley.

  35. HeyKay says:

    I certainly hope that Priscilla will be given full custody of the twins.
    Even at her age, she is still their best hope for a stable future.
    Maybe Danny K. and Riley K. will be able to help keep everything safe, stable and loving for their future.
    IMO, the twins bio Father is not able to provide a stable or secure lifestyle. He gives off grifter vibes to me.
    IIRC, Priscilla had custody for a time during LMs divorce troubles.
    Hopefully, LM had a her legal papers in order.

    I’m sorry this post might be in bad taste. Just IMO, LM would want Priscilla to have control, she and her Mom were always very close.

    • AppleCart says:

      Or Riley Keough would make a great guardian. She is 32, married and has a stable life by all accounts. I just hope the kids will be ok. Sudden deaths like this usually means wills aren’t updated. 54 is so young. I hope the ex isn’t in the will. And I assume the big assest is Graceland. I hope there isn’t a family fight over it.

      • CourtneyB says:

        Lisa Marie sold off most of her rights. I don’t think she owns Graceland anymore? She had a lot of debt and was embroiled in a dispute with her long term financial adviser over alleged mishandling of her interests.

      • AppleCart says:


        They sold off most of Elvis company in 2005 but retained a percentage. And kept Graceland. But she was deep in debt also when she died. I read she got about 100 million in 2005. But looks like bad marriages, spending and maybe bad investments put her millions in debt.

  36. HeyKay says:

    News this AM is saying LM twin 14 y/o girls are currently in their Fathers custody.
    IMO, they would be in better hands w/Priscilla or Riley.
    I hope the Judge takes their opinions of who they want to live with seriously.

  37. j.ferber says:

    Poor Lisa Marie.

  38. Agreatreckoning says:

    Sometimes words are hard to come by. It’s taken me a few days to process this about Lisa Marie. She’s only a couple of years younger than myself. I didn’t think well of her because she was Elvis’ daughter. She just seemed really fuckin cool & chill. Not a fan of the drug abuse. She still seemed to keep things together and acknowledged that to be together some things needed to remain apart. I will miss her in this world and give hugs (genuinely) to her children and mother who loved and knew her.