Lisa Marie Presley, the only child of Elvis Presley, was laid to rest Sunday at her father’s Graceland estate following a public memorial service attended by more than a thousand people.
Lisa Marie died Jan. 12 at age 54. The cause of death is still being investigated.
Her mother Priscilla Presley spoke at the service in Memphis, saying, “Lisa, we all love you.” She also read a poem by one of Lisa Marie’s three daughters, 14-year-old Harper Lockwood.
“In 1968, she entered our world, born tired, fragile, yet strong. She was delicate, but was filled with life,” reads the piece entitled “The Old Soul.” “She always knew she wouldn’t be here too long. Childhood passes by, with a glimpse of her green eye. She then grew a family of her own.”
The service included performances by Alanis Morissette, Axl Rose and Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins. Austin Butler, who portrayed Lisa Marie Presley’s father in the 2022 movie “Elvis,” and the film’s director, Baz Luhrmann, were in attendance, according to People magazine.
“We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for the love, compassion and support you have shown our family during this difficult time,” the Presley family said in a message on the service’s programs. “We will always be grateful.”
A procession followed the service. Lisa Marie was laid to rest at Graceland’s Meditation Garden next to her son, Benjamin Keough, who died by suicide in 2020.
Lisa Marie was 9 when Elvis died in 1977. She is survived by three daughters, including Riley Keough, an actress in films such as “It Comes at Night” and “Zola.”
A singer like her dad, Lisa Marie released three albums between 2003 and 2012 and was famously married to pop star Michael Jackson from 1994 to 1996. She married actor Nicolas Cage in 2002 but the couple split after a few months. Harper and her twin sister, Finley, are from Lisa Marie’s marriage to Michael Lockwood.
Two days before her death, Lisa Marie attended the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., where “Elvis” player Butler won best actor in a drama film.
“Thank you for opening your hearts, your memories, your home to me,” Butler said during his acceptance speech. “Lisa Marie, Priscilla — I love you forever.”
Luhrmann received insight from Lisa Marie while the movie, the director told the Daily News last year.
“She knew her father’s vibe, but it’s one thing to grow up not knowing your father and having lost him,” Luhrmann said in June. “It’s another thing that one half of the world thinks he’s a god and the other half thinks he’s a Halloween costume and a joke.
“It came home to me how difficult that’s been for her, and then somewhat the lifting of that burden has really come home for me, too.”
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