Lisa Marie Presley, a musician and the daughter of the legendary rock and roll couple Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley, passed away on Thursday in Los Angeles at 54. "The loss of Lisa Marie Presley has shocked and upset Priscilla Presley and the Presley family. They appreciate everyone's love, support, and prayers and ask for privacy during this incredibly trying time. "The family made a statement, according to news source AFP.
Elvis Presley's only child, Lisa, was born in Memphis in February 1968 to the late singer and his wife Priscilla, then 77. In 1973, her parents were divorced. When Lisa's father passed away at the age of 42 in 1977 in his Graceland home, she was just nine old.
Presley's debut album, To Whom It May Concern, was released on April 8, 2003. After being certified as gold in June 2003, it peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Except for "The Road Between," which she co-authored with Gus Black, Presley wrote all the lyrics and co-wrote all the melodies.
Austin Butler won Best Actor (Drama) for his work in Baz Luhrmann's film Elvis at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this week in Los Angeles, where Lisa Marie Presley and her mother Priscilla were in attendance. Austin Butler also acknowledged the mother-daughter team in his winning speech. "I appreciate it, men. I appreciate you sharing your homes, memories, and hearts with me. I'll always love you, Priscilla and Lisa Marie," he said.
Lisa Marie Presley received tributes from Rita Wilson, John Travolta, Octavia Spencer, and other celebrities. The wife of Tom Hanks, who starred in the recent biopic film Elvis, Rita Wilson, shared a post. In his eulogy, Lisa Marie Presley's long-time friend Billy Corgan wrote: "Heartbreak comes first, followed by despair. In more ways, than I can count, this would be sad. Please offer prayers for her family and kids during this trying time. I don't know how to put into words how terrible this is. Lisa Marie Presley, RIP."
Elvis Presley's treasured Graceland mansion only had Lisa Marie as an heir. Elvis included his grandmother Minnie Mae Presley and his father, Vernon Presley, in his testament, according to the Graceland website. Lisa Marie decided to create a new trust when she turned 25. The trust automatically dissolved on Lisa Presley's 25th birthday in 1993. Lisa then decided to make a new faith, The Elvis Presley Trust, to carry on the effective administration of the estate with Priscilla Presley and the National Bank of Commerce continuing to serve as co-trustees.
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