Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis and Priscilla, dies at age 54
Presley recently attended the Golden Globe Awards to watch Austin Butler, who played her father in the 2022 Baz Luhrmann biopic “Elvis,” win best actor in a drama.
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A public memorial service for Presley will also be held next weekend at Graceland, it was announced Monday. The memorial will be held on the front lawn of the famed Memphis home at 9 a.m. on Jan 22, a representative for Keough confirmed to The Associated Press.
Last week, it was announced Presley would be laid to rest at the Elvis Presley estate, alongside her father, Elvis; her son, Benjamin Keough; and other members of the Presley family, including Elvis’ mother, Gladys Presley; his father, Vernon Presley; and his grandmother, Minnie Mae Presley.
The graves are in the Meditation Garden on the south side of the mansion. The location is the focal point for the annual “candlelight vigil,” a pilgrimage for Elvis fans that annually brings thousands of people to Memphis, to commemorate Elvis’ Aug. 16, 1977, death.
Benjamin Storm Presley Keough, 27, was interred in the garden in the fall of 2020, following his July 12 death that year of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
A statement sent to USA TODAY on behalf of Priscilla and the Presley family expressed shock at “the tragic death of their beloved Lisa Marie. They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time.”
A singer-songwriter herself, Lisa Marie did not live in Memphis, where she was born. But she made trips to the city for celebrations of her father’s birth anniversary and commemorations of his death, which stunned the world when he was found dead in his Graceland home at age 42 on Aug. 16, 1977. She was in Memphis just this past Sunday, on what would have been her father’s 88th birthday.
Fans paid their respects at Graceland’s gates on Friday, writing messages on the stone wall, leaving flowers and sharing memories of Elvis Presley’s only child, who was one of the last remaining touchstones to the icon whose influence and significance still resonates more than 45 years after his own sudden death.
Contributing: Marco della Cava, USA TODAY; The Associated Press