The only daughter of Elvis Presley, Lisa Marie, passed away at the age of 54. The American singer and songwriter suffered a crisis on Thursday night at her home and was rushed to the hospital. But she did not succeed and her mother, Priscilla, faces a great tragedy in her life, burying her only daughter.
Lisa Marie Presley was the sole heir to her father’s estate. She had achieved a good career in the music industry, releasing three albums. She was married four times, including to Michael Jackson, Nicolas Cage, and music producer Michael Lockwood, and had 4 children.
But her life was accompanied by indescribable pain from a very young age. At the age of 9, she lost her beloved father and the “king of rock and roll”, while in 2020, her son committed suicide. In addition to the losses in the family, she also encountered difficulties in her marriage, while she also faced a serious problem with drugs.
Death of Elvis Presley’s father in 1977
Lisa Marie was only 9 years old when she saw the lifeless body of her father, Elvis Presley, on the night of August 16, 1977. The terrible memory never left her and she always remembered the last time. she saw her father alive when he kissed her “goodnight” at their Graceland home.
Lisa Marie had mentioned this event in previous interviews: “I don’t like to talk about it. It was 4 am and I needed to sleep. He found me and said good night.”
The next time the little girl saw her father was when she found his friend, Ginger Alden, trying to bring him back, but he was already dead.
Elvis was lying by the toilet, face down on the carpet, and she ran to call his ex-girlfriend, Linda Thompson, on the phone. “My father is dead!” he recalls saying.
However, her father’s body was not immediately removed from the house after his death: “His body was in the house for three days and there was something very strangely comforting about it, which made it not necessarily real to me, ” she had said.
In her troubled life, Lisa Marie Presley also faced drug addiction.
In the foreword to Harry Nelson’s book, United States of Opioids: A Prescription for Freeing a Nation in Pain, the singer opened up publicly for the first time about her addiction to painkillers, opioids, and cocaine.
In the book published in 2019, he said he was “grateful to still be alive”. He then explained that he started using opioids for the first time in 2008.
“You are probably reading this and wondering how, after losing so many people close to me, I became a victim of opioids. “It only took one short-term prescription of opioids in the hospital for me to feel the need to continue taking them,” he said.
Addiction has been part of her life since she was a child, with her father and ex-husband, Michael Jackson, both dead from drug use.
Presley faced a serious drug problem
Her difficult marriage to Michael Jackson in 1994
Just 20 days after divorcing her first husband, Daniel Keogh, in 1994, Lisa Marie Presley married the “king of pop”.
The two had known each other since 1975 when Presley was just 7 years old. Although their friendship stood the test of time, the same was not true of their marriage, which lasted only two years.
The marriage did not get off to a good start, with Jackson facing serious allegations of child sexual abuse. Speaking to Rolling Stone in 2003, she said that on their first date as adults, the first thing Michael Jackson did was apologize to her for what people were saying about him.
After all, their marriage took place only a year after the lawsuit was filed against the singer, 13-year-old Jordan Chandler for sexual abuse.
All he cared about was explaining it to me. He immediately entered into this whole conversation about what people thought about him, what was the truth, “said the singer. As she explained, his words were so convincing that they left no room for doubt.
“I thought the poor man was a misunderstood man. I was a clown. I believed him, he was very convincing. Whatever he told me, I thought it was true”, she continued during the interview and emphasized that what she had in mind at that time was “saving him”.
“I thought what he did, the charity and everything were great, I thought we could save the world together, but I was delusional. “All I managed to do was ruin my life and my reputation,” he said characteristically.
The couple split for good in August 1996, but reportedly continued dating for four years after their marriage and remained friends until Michael Jackson died in 2009.
Their 107-day marriage to Nicolas Cage In 2002, shortly after the end of her relationship with singer John Osaka, to whom she was engaged, the singer met Nicolas Cage.
Their love was lightning fast, as a result of which they got married almost immediately after the meeting. However, the “flame” did not last long, as the actor filed for divorce after 107 days.
Speaking about him with Larry King in 2003, Lisa Marie Presley said: “I found it fascinating that we were so similar. We had experienced similar situations, we had a common background. We connected and everything was great. We were, you know, like gypsies, like pirates. And when one pirate marries another, then they will sink the ship. That was the problem.”
Although she had hopes that she had finally found her husband and would continue her life with him, in the end, things did not go as she expected. “I had hope that my life would become stable. This is usually what happens when you marry someone. You think that all the bad things you experienced before belonging to the past, that all problems disappear. But that was all,” he said.
Her ugly divorce from Michael Lockwood in 2018, Lisa Marie Presley’s fourth and last husband was none other than producer and guitarist Michael Lockwood.
Although their relationship started very well in 2006 and lasted longer than all the previous ones the singer had done, in the end, it was more painful. The couple walked down the aisle in 2006 and then had twin daughters, Finlay and Harper.
However, their marriage ended in 2016 and the great wealth that the singer had then seems to have been the main problem in the continuation of their “relationship”.
The two had signed a prenuptial agreement, which protected her $62 million fortune. However, Michael Lockwood did not hesitate to give it his try and claim a share of the money.
He even claimed that he did not agree to the prenuptial agreement and that it was his mistake to follow the advice of his lawyers who asked him to sign it. Their legal battle lasted two years and in the end, Lisa Marie Presley managed to emerge victorious, with her property protected and Michael Lockwood penniless.
The suicide of her son Benjamin Keough 2020, who she had with Danny Keough, “destroyed her life”.
Benjamin shot himself at his family’s residence in July 2020 at the age of 27, after an argument with his girlfriend. The autopsy report revealed that he had used cocaine and consumed a large amount of alcohol.
He had tried to end his life six months ago and then spent three weeks in rehab. All this, four months before he ended his life. In the past, he had attempted rehabilitation three more times but was unable to complete it.
He was a musician and his mother often referred to his resemblance to his late grandfather, Elvis Presley. “Ben looks a lot like Elvis. He was at the Opry and when he came on stage, everyone turned and looked at him. They immediately started taking pictures of her, it was very strange how similar they looked”, said the singer.
Her song ‘Storm & Grace’, released in 2012, is said to have been inspired by her son, as his middle name was ‘Storm’.
Writing for People, 54-year-old Lisa Marie detailed the aftermath of her son’s death, admitting she will “never get over it” and revealing that her friends stopped contacting her while they waited for her to “come back in normality”. life”.
“I’m sharing my thoughts in the hope that somehow we can change this. Grief does not stop or go away in any sense, a year or years after the loss. Grief is something you will have to carry with you for the rest of your life, no matter what some people or our culture would have you believe. You don’t get over it, you don’t move forward, period,” he wrote.