Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis, dies suddenly aged 54: Priscilla Presley, Tom Hanks and John Travolta pay tribute

Lisa Marie was the only child of King of Rock'n'Roll Elvis Presley.

Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter and only child of Elvis, has died suddenly aged 54, it's been announced. 

Her death was announced in a statement by her mother, Priscilla Presley, following the news that the singer-songwriter had been taken to hospital earlier on Thursday thanks to a suspected cardiac arrest. 

"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 in a social media post.

"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."

Lisa Marie was last seen attending this Tuesday's (Jan 10) Golden Globe Awards, where actor Austin Butler took away the award for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical Film for his portrayal in Elvis in Baz Luhrmann's titular biopic. 

Elvis' family - ex-wife Priscilla, daughter Lisa Marie and granddaughter, actress Riley Keough - were all in attendance and have been supportive of the film, with Butler hotly tipped to be Oscar nominated for his role. 

Lisa Marie Presley was born to Elvis and Priscilla Presley on February 1, 1968. She was the only child of Elvis and the sole heir to his estate. She was just four years old when her parents first divorced, and nine when her father died. 

Over the years, Lisa Marie took a step out of her father's book and began a recording career, issuing three albums in her lifetime. Her first, 2003's To Whom It May Concern, contained her only single to enter the UK charts - Lights Out, which peaked at Number 16 here.

In 2012, Lisa Marie released her third and now final album, Storm & Grace, to which she spoke with, tying in with the 60th anniversary of the Official Singles Chart, watch our interview with the late star above. See Lisa Marie Presley's chart history.

Lisa Marie is survived by her three children; actress Riley Keough and twins Harper and Finley Lockwood. Her only son, Benjamin Keough, passed away in 2020. 

Rita Wilson, wife of Tom Hanks, who appeared in Luhrmann's Elvis biopic as Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis' manager, paid tribute to Lisa Marie in a statement: "She spoke so eloquently about her father, what the movie meant to her, that it was a celebration of her dad. She had her gorgeous daughters Finley and Harper with her who made us all laugh.

"She was so gracious to us, Austin, Baz, and guests. If you haven't heard her music please go listen. She had a sultry voice, a power and tenderness, that I have always loved."

John Travolta offered condolences to the family of his "baby girl," saying: "I'll miss you but I know I'll see you again. My love and heart goes out to Riley, Priscilla, Harper and Finley."

Lisa Marie was married four times, to musician Danny Keough, famously to Michael Jackson for two years, actor Nicolas Cage and guitarist Michael Lockwood. 

Her ex-husband Cage said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter: "This is devastating news. Lisa had the greatest laugh of anyone I ever met. She lit up every room, and I am heartbroken. I find some solace believing she is reunited with her son Benjamin."

La Toya Jackson, sister of Michael, said: "You will forever be in our hearts, I will never forget how much you shared the love you had for my brother with me, I thank you for being so honest."

Article Image: Rob Latour/Shutterstock

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Sunshine Gal


here's some elvis-related info those of you outside the u.s. may not know: i remember back in 1987 *10th anniversary of elvis' passing*, over here there was all kinds of elvis merchandise and tv specials on him. so this woman comes out and says she was a long time secret girlfriend of elvis and even had a daughter he never knew about. she was pushing her new book on the all the u.s. talk shows @ the time.

but even though i was 12, something seemed very 'off' about these 2 women. turns out this 'girlfriend' got so many details of elvis' early life wrong and so many of his childhood and high school friends who would later work for him until he passed, had no idea who this woman was and confirmed there was no way elvis and this woman ever met.

so george klein, *elvis childhood friend from middle school and who would work for the elvis estate for many years* would publicly challenge this 'girlfriend' and even say there's no way elvis would have a steady girlfriend before he hit it big and not introduce her to his parents. and this 'girlfriend' would say how elvis showered her with gifts before he hit it big, george would counter that saying that elvis was flat broke and all his money would go to taking care of his parents and his grandmother. after about a year, i never saw or heard from these 2 women again. their book went out of print over here.

just giving everyone an idea what lisa has had to put up with being elvis' daughter. i never thought that woman was really elvis' secret daughter, she looked nothing like elvis and from what i remember would never take a dna test ;). cuz the army would still have elvis' dna records. i think someone just wanted to cash in on the the 10th anniversary of elvis' passing when people would be buying *myself incl.* all kinds of elvis merchandise.


Sunshine Gal


i'm still very sorry to hear about lisa...she was 7 yrs older than me. and all the jokes, mean comments, etc. about her dad and her marriage to mj she's had to put up with. i honestly thought someone was playing a rude joke on the internet. very sorry again. she also made some pretty good music over the years. her debut album 'to whom it may concern' went gold over here in the states.


Angry UK Chart Fan

dies suddenly aged 54

I don't want to be rude, but when it comes to death announcements, words like "just (insert age)" and "dies suddenly" in the title are inappropriate and unprofessional. The Jeff Beck one was perfectly fine.


Smith Smyth


"Dies suddenly" has become the mainstream media phrase for referring to another possible "vaccine" death.