Lisa Marie Presley, singer and daughter of Elvis Presley, has died. She was of 54.
Lisa Marie was born in 1968 to the legendary singer-songwriter and actress, Priscilla Presley, and the iconic singer and actor, Elvis Presley. Growing up in the spotlight and in the arms of two of the most influential figures in entertainment, Lisa Marie managed to carve out her own successful career in music, playing alongside some of the biggest names in the industry and releasing several studio albums. Despite her successes, it is her relationship with her father Elvis that left an imprint on the generations before and after her.
In the midst of her career, Lisa Marie was a mother and a wife, and even with her many accomplishments, she was known for her extraordinary capacity for love and kindness.
Overview Of Lisa Marie Presley’s Life And Career
Lisa Marie Presley’s first album, To Whom It May Concern, was released in 2003 and was certified gold. The album had several hits, most notably the song “Lights Out”. She followed this up with a succession of albums, including Now What (2005), Storm & Grace (2012) and her most recent album, 2017’s Storm & Grace Live.
In addition to her music and acting career, Presley was also known for her humanitarian work, having been involved in a number of charitable causes and organizations.
Her Musical Inspiration And Legacy
Lisa Marie Presley was always inspired by her father’s music. In fact, she cited him as her biggest influence as a musician.
Through her albums, Lisa Marie paid homage to her father and kept his legacy alive. She performed several of Elvis’ songs in concerts, giving fans a chance to experience his music from a different perspective. She also recorded several duets against her father’s original recordings giving fans to hear them both sing together.
Personal Life And Struggles
Lisa Marie Presley had a tumultuous personal and professional life that included multiple marriages, drug abuse, and struggles with metal health.
For her first marriage, Presley wed Chicago-born musician Danny Keough on October 3, 1988. The union resulted in two children: a daughter, Riley Keough, an actress and model, and a son, Benjamin Storm Keough.
On May 26, 1994, only twenty days after her divorce from Keough, Presley wed singer Michael Jackson. Presley and Jackson first met in 1975 when she attended some of his concerts in Las Vegas at the age of seven.
But the the marriage didn’t last. In January 1996, citing irreconcilable differences, Presley filed for divorce, from Jackson. The couple reportedly attempted to reconcile their relationship for several years after the divorce and still remained close. In a 2009 interview with Oprah after Jackson’s death, Presley said she “felt shattered” by his passing.
Several years later, in 2002, Presley tied the knot with actor Nicolas Cage. The marriage was short lived and they divorced after only 108 days.
On January 22, 2006, Presley tied the knot with Michael Lockwood, musician, music producer, and director. Ten years later, in 2016, Presley filed for divorce from Lockwood.
A year after her messy 2016 divorce from her fourth husband, Michael Lockwood, her son Benjamin Keough died from an apparent suicide in 2017.
She also dealt with a number of messy legal battles with her former business manager over the disappearance of millions of dollars from her estate and a bankruptcy filing in 2018.
NERD NOTE: While married to Lockwood, Presley wrote about her struggles with drugs, alcohol, and mental illness in her 2012 album, Storm and Grace.
Is Drug Use Suspected In The Cause Of Her Death?
On January 12, 2023, Presley experienced cardiac arrest at her home in Calabasas, California. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was provided during transport to a hospital in Los Angeles. Although her heart was restarted by paramedics, her death was unfortunately confirmed later that day.
Presley had reportedly long struggled with substance abuse, though she had been clean and sober for some time prior to her death. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office is currently investigating the cause of her death, and they will determine whether or not drugs were involved.
Remembering Lisa Marie Presley
The music world has lost a true icon in Lisa Marie Presley, who brought her own unique style and creativity to her family’s musical legacy. Her music and her legacy will live on as a reminder of her talent and her impact on the world. May she rest in peace.
Presley will be buried in Graceland alongside her father Elvis and son Benjamin.