Although the world may have progressively moved on since Lisa Marie Presley’s untimely passing, it is understandable that her friends and family are still dealing with a significant gap in their lives.
The only kid of the legendary Elvis Presley went unexpectedly on January 12 after being taken to the hospital in full cardiac arrest.
The housekeeping team found Lisa Marie unconscious in the bathroom. Her ex-husband, Danny Keough, performed CPR on her until help could get her.
Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley’s mother, announced Lisa Marie Presley’s demise in a statement:
“I must break the heartbreaking news that my lovely daughter Lisa Marie has passed away with you. She was the most fervent, courageous, and loving lady I’ve ever met.
Lisa Marie’s daughter Riley Keough posted a heartfelt remembrance of her mother on social media following her death. A simple heart emoji was used as a comment along with a picture of Riley and Lisa from their earliest days together in the relationship.
One can only imagine Riley’s current avalanche of emotions, and it’s possible that her choice to leave a blank space on her post is simply a reflection of the fact that Riley isn’t yet ready to talk about her mother’s unexpected demise.
This week, in an updated Instagram post, the 33-year-old posted the last photo she ever took with her cherished mother.
She stated: “I feel fortunate to have a picture of the last time I saw my lovely mother. Thank you @georgieflores for taking this.
The day before she died, Lisa Marie saw Austin Butler win the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Dramatic Motion Picture for his portrayal of Lisa Marie’s father in Elvis. She remembered her reaction to watching Baz Luhrmann’s film about her father: “I really didn’t know what to do with myself after I saw it.”
“That was so incredible and so accurate and just so true that, yeah, I can’t even articulate what it meant,” the author said. “I had to take, like, five days to comprehend it.”
Riley and a sizable number of Lisa Marie’s friends and family members attended a memorial service at the renowned Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, over the weekend. Riley had prepared a eulogy to her late mother, which Ben Smith-Petersen delivered during the gathering.
Ben began reading Riley’s prepared words, “A Letter to My Mom,” and then said, “I’m going to read something Riley wrote.”
“Thank you for being my mother in this life. I am eternally grateful to have spent 33 years with you. I am certain I chose the best mother for me in this world, and I knew that as far back as I can remember you,” Riley wrote. “I remember everything. I remember you giving me baths as a baby. I remember you driving me in my car seat, listening to Aretha Franklin. I remember the way you’d cuddle me when I’d come to your bed at night, and the way you smelled.
“I remember you taking me for ice cream after school in Florida. I remember you singing to me and my brother lullabies at night, and how you’d lay with us until we fell asleep.
“I remember how, every time you’d leave town, you’d bring me a new tea set from Cracker Barrel.
“I remember all the notes you’d leave in my lunchbox every day. I remember the feeling I’d get when I’d see you picking me up from school, and the way your hand felt on my forehead. I remember how it felt to be loved by the most loving mother I’ve ever known. I remember how safe it felt to be in your arms. I remember that feeling as a child and I remember it two weeks ago on your couch.
“Thank you for showing me that love is the only thing that matters in this life. I hope I can love my daughter the way you loved me, and the way you loved my brother and my sisters.
“Thank you for giving me strength, my heart, my empathy, my courage, my sense of humor, my manners, my temper, my wildness, my tenacity,” the piece continued.
“I am a product of your heart. My sisters are a product of your heart. My brother is a product of your heart. We are you, you are us, my eternal love. I hope you finally know how loved you were here. Thank you for trying so hard for us. If I didn’t tell you every day, thank you.”
In spite of the fact that Lisa Marie’s departure is surely painful and resulted in a global outpouring of grief, fans may find solace in the knowledge that she has now been reunited with her beloved baby Benjamin.
When Benjamin, Elvis’ grandson, killed himself in 2020 at the age of 27, Lisa Marie’s life was irrevocably changed.
Over the weekend at Graceland, Lisa Marie and her son were buried together. Currently, it’s thought that the two are seated next to one another in the mythical mansion of Elvis Presley’s meditation garden.