Priscilla Presley’s loving tribute to late daughter Lisa Marie


“Young at heart yet an old soul,” Priscilla writes with an old photo of Lisa Marie as a teenager and herself. “I miss you, ‘Yisa’.”

She previously called the loss ‘unbearable’: “It’s as if a large part of your life disappears.”

Health issues

Lisa Marie as singer songwriter, in 2013Image Getty Images

Lisa Marie Presley died on January 12, 2023 at the age of 54 from cardiac arrest caused by underlying health conditions. She was struggling with a blockage of the small intestine, caused by scar tissue that had formed after she underwent weight loss surgery years earlier.

Priscilla misses her only child

“It is with a heavy heart that I share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us,” Priscilla said in a statement at the time. “She was the most passionate, strongest and most loving woman I have ever known.”

Elvis and Priscilla with newborn Lisa Marie in 1968Image Getty Images

Presley was the only child of Priscilla and Elvis and although mother and daughter clashed, they were also devoted to each other.

Painful argument

Priscilla’s grief was overshadowed by a painful row over the inheritance between her and Lisa Marie’s eldest daughter, Riley Keough (34). Presley, administrator of Elvis’ estate, including the family estate Graceland in Memphis, filed a lawsuit against Riley, questioning the validity of her daughter’s will.

Riley Keough and her grandmother Priscilla Presley have closed ranks Image Getty Images
Riley Keough and her grandmother Priscilla Presley have closed ranksImage Getty Images

The will made Riley the trustee of the trust fund that would house Elvis’ daughter’s inheritance. At the end of May, the family members finally reached a settlement. “As a family we are happy that we have resolved this together. We are stronger than ever,” Priscilla and her granddaughter said in a joint statement.

Lisa Marie’s Memoirs

Riley also reflects on her mother’s birthday: ‘Congratulations, mom’. Later this year, an exhibition about Lisa Marie will open at Graceland and her memoirs will be published. Lisa Marie worked on those before she died, Riley helped finish them. In the book, Lisa Marie talks about what it is like to be the child of a world-famous father, about her ‘complicated relationship’ with her mother and about her marriages to Nicolas Cage and Michael Jackson, among others.

Riley and Lisa Marie, circa 1993 Image Private photo Riley Keough
Riley and Lisa Marie, circa 1993Image Private photo Riley Keough

“Few people have had the opportunity to find out who my mother really was, other than ‘Elvis’ daughter,’” Riley told People. “I was in the fortunate position that I knew her well. In her story she was vulnerable and honest, just as she was in private. Preparing her autobiography for publication has been an honor, however bittersweet.”

February 3, 2024

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