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Lisa Marie Presley’s death is the latest tragedy to hit Elvis’ family


Lisa Marie Presley died Thursday in a Los Angeles hospital after authorities responded to a “breathless call” from her Calabasas home.

Lisa Marie, the only daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, was 54 at the time of her death. She is survived by her mother and three daughters – Riley, Harper Vivienne and Finley.

“Priscilla Presley and the Presley family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Lisa Marie,” Priscilla’s rep said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “They are deeply grateful for everyone’s support, love and prayers, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time.”

THE LIFE OF LISA MARIE PRESLEY IN PICTURES

Before she died, Lisa struggled with loss, addiction, and divorce. And sadly, his death is the latest of many tragedies to befall the Presley family.

Lisa Marie faced death at a young age

American rock legend Elvis Presley with his daughter Lisa Marie Presley.
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Elvis Presley and his wife, Priscilla Presley, welcomed Lisa Marie Presley on February 1, 1968.

Elvis Presley and his wife, Priscilla Presley, welcomed Lisa Marie Presley on February 1, 1968.
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When Lisa Marie was just 9 years old, her father Elvis died of a drug-related heart attack at his Graceland Mansion in 1977.

After her father’s death, Lisa Marie spent her childhood as a “loner”.

“I was kind of a lonely, melancholy, weird kid,” Lisa Marie told the Los Angeles Times in 2003.

“I had a real self-destructive mode for a while. I never really fit in at school. I didn’t really have direction.”

About her dad’s extravagant love for his only child, which included a mink coat and diamond ring at age 8, and taking him to Idaho for 30 minutes to see the snow, Lisa Marie once said, “I never would have thought it was weird or unusual. I just knew he was crazy about me, and it was just him showing his love for me. He was just doing what he had in his heart,” according to the Washington Post.

Elvis’ Drug Addiction

Elvis Presley struggled with opiate addiction throughout his life.

Elvis Presley struggled with opiate addiction throughout his life.
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Prior to Elvis’ death, he was a lifelong user of opiates, including Dilaudid, Percodan and Demerol. High levels of all three were found in his bloodstream at the time of the musician’s death.

The rock and roll star was found unconscious in her bathroom. The cause of the “Jailhouse Rock” singer’s death was initially revealed to be a heart attack, but later it was concluded that drug use contributed to it, PBS News Hour previously reported.

His autopsy also revealed he had diabetes and glaucoma.

LISA MARIE PRESLEY, ONLY CHILD OF ELVIS AND PRISCILLA, DEAD AT 54

Elvis and Priscilla’s Divorce

Elvis Presley and Priscilla met while the musician was serving in the military overseas in Germany.

Elvis Presley and Priscilla met while the musician was serving in the military overseas in Germany.
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Priscilla and Elvis Presley married in 1967.

Priscilla and Elvis Presley married in 1967.
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Elvis and his ex-wife Priscilla first met in 1959 in Germany while serving in the military. Priscilla was only 14 at the time while the musician was 24.

In 1963, Priscilla had moved to America to be with Elvis. The two were married in Las Vegas on May 1, 1967. They welcomed their daughter Lisa Marie on February 1, 1968.

Priscilla and Elvis both participated in infidelities throughout the marriage and they divorced in 1972.

“He wasn’t loyal, not that he had someone special, but when you’re in the entertainment business there’s always that and I tried to turn my back on that, but I don’t just didn’t want to share it,” Priscilla told The Sunday News in 2018.

“I didn’t divorce him because I didn’t love him — he was truly the love of my life,” Priscilla previously said on ‘Loose Women.’ “If anything, I left because I needed to find out what the world was like.”

Priscilla Presley and Elvis separated in 1972.

Priscilla Presley and Elvis separated in 1972.
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Lisa Marie struggled with addiction

After the birth of her twin daughters, Lisa Marie Presley struggled with drug addiction.

After the birth of her twin daughters, Lisa Marie Presley struggled with drug addiction.
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Like her father before her, Lisa Marie struggled with drug addiction throughout her life.

She became addicted to opioids after the birth of her daughters in 2008 and wrote about the experience for the foreword to the 2019 book “The United States of Opioids: A Prescription to Free a Nation in Pain”.

“I was recovering after the [2008] birth of my daughters, Vivienne and Finley, when a doctor prescribed me opioids for pain,” she wrote. “It only took a short term prescription of opioids at the hospital so that I feel the need to continue taking them.”

“Many more people are suffering in silence, addicted to opioids and other substances. I write this in hopes that I can play a small part in bringing attention to this terrible crisis,” she wrote. .

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Lisa Marie’s son died in 2020

Lisa Marie Presley's son, Benjamin Keough, committed suicide in 2020.

Lisa Marie Presley’s son, Benjamin Keough, committed suicide in 2020.
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The 54-year-old was dealing with “unrelenting grief” following the death of her son Benjamin Keough in 2020.

Keough, Lisa Marie and the ex’s son Danny Keough, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in July 2020. In an essay published by People magazine last summer, Presley called grief “a lonely ‘, writing that he had been ‘relentless’ to her and she blamed herself ‘every day’.

“I have dealt with death, grief and loss since I was 9 years old,” she wrote. “I’ve had more than anyone in my life and somehow I’ve come this far. But this one, the death of my beautiful, beautiful son? The sweetest being and the most amazing thing i’ve ever had the privilege of knowing, who made me feel so honored every day to be his mother who looked so much like his grandfather on so many levels that he made me feel so really scary? Which made me worry about him even more than I naturally would have? No. Just no… no no no no…”

Multiple divorces

Presley and her first husband, Danny Keough, married in 1988 before separating in 1994. They shared daughter Riley and late son Benjamin.

Presley and her first husband, Danny Keough, married in 1988 before separating in 1994. They shared daughter Riley and late son Benjamin.
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Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson were married for two years from 1994 to 1996.

Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson were married for two years from 1994 to 1996.
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Lisa Marie’s love life has also been plagued by tragedy. The singer-songwriter married four times in his lifetime.

Lisa Marie married her first husband Danny Keough in 1988. They welcomed daughter Riley in 1989 and Ben in 1992. The couple broke up in 1994.

She married Michael Jackson a month after finalizing her divorce from Danny. The couple divorced two years later.

Lisa Marie previously claimed Jackson had similarities to her father in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

“They might have the kind of people who would go on their program or not go on their program,” she said. “If they weren’t, they could be eliminated.”

Lisa Marie Presley and Nicolas Cage married in 2002. Cage and Presley divorced four months later.

Lisa Marie Presley and Nicolas Cage married in 2002. Cage and Presley divorced four months later.
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In 2002, Lisa Marie secretly married actor Nicolas Cage – although the two split four months later.

In 2006, she was married to Michael Lockwood. The two welcomed twin daughters Harper and Finley in 2008. In 2016, they called it quits. The divorce went sour as the former couple fought over custody of their children.

Lisa Marie Presley and musician Michael Lockwood divorced in 2016 after 10 years of marriage.  The ex-couple share twin daughters.

Lisa Marie Presley and musician Michael Lockwood divorced in 2016 after 10 years of marriage. The ex-couple share twin daughters.
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Fox News Digital’s Brie Stimson contributed to this report.

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