Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of rock legend Elvis Presley and ex-wife of pop icon Michael Jackson, died on Thursday at the age of 54 following cardiac arrest.
News of Presley’s untimely death was confirmed by her mother, Priscilla, in a statement on Thursday.
“It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us,” Priscilla Presley said.
“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.”
Presley was rushed to the hospital on Thursday morning for a possible cardiac arrest. According to a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, paramedics responded to the 5900 block of Normandy Drive in Calabasas to treat a woman in her 50s who was not breathing.
Immediate medical care
When the paramedics arrived, they began CPR and, after observing “signs of life,” transferred the woman to a nearby hospital for “immediate medical care.”
According to a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the unit was dispatched to the address for a cardiac arrest call.
Lisa Marie was born in Memphis, Tennessee on February 1, 1968, exactly nine months after Elvis and Priscilla’s wedding, and was raised there briefly before moving to Los Angeles with her mother at the age of four following her parents’ divorce in 1973.
Lisa Marie was 9 years old when Elvis died in August 1977, making her a joint heir to his estate with her grandfather Vernon Presley and great-grandmother Minnie Mae Hood Presley. After their deaths in 1979 and 1980, she became the sole heir and inherited her father’s Graceland estate.
“He’d always wake me up to sing in the middle of the night, get on the table and sing,” Lisa Marie recalled of her time with Elvis on Good Morning Americain 2009. “I remember him as my dad, but he was a very exciting dad.”
Lisa Marie married Danny Keough, a Chicago-based musician, in October 1988, and they had two children: Riley in 1989 and Benjamin in 1992. The couple divorced in May 1994, after five and a half years of marriage.
She married singer Michael Jackson less than a month later, whom she first met at one of her late father’s Las Vegas concerts when she was 7 and the King of Pop was still a member of the Jackson Five.
“I am very much in love with Michael, I dedicate my life to being his wife. I understand and support him,” read a statement from Lisa Marie at the time. “We both look forward to raising a family.”
Two years later, Lisa Marie and Jackson ended their relationship: “The one thing that correlates with Michael and with my father on this subject is that they had the luxury of creating whatever reality around them they wanted to create,” she told Oprah Winfrey during a 2016 interview, according to HuffPost. “They could have the kinds of people who were going to go with their program or not go with their program. If they weren’t, then they could be disposed of.”