On January 22, 2023, “Dancing With the Stars” alum Priscilla Presley spoke at the memorial service for her daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, who died suddenly 10 days earlier.
On January 12, 2023, , TMZ reports that Lisa Marie Presley had been found unconscious by her housekeeper and taken to a nearby hospital, where doctors learned she was brain dead. A few hours later, Priscilla Presley confirmed that her daughter had died.
“It is with a heavy heart that I share the devastating news that our beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has passed away,” said Priscilla Presley said in a statement to People magazine.
Priscilla Presley did not speak publicly until her daughter’s memorial service, which was held at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.
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Priscilla Presley was visibly emotional during her tribute
In front of hundreds of guests, Priscilla Presley paid tribute to her only daughter with Elvis Presley. The former DWTS competitor read to the crowd from her cellphone.
“I’m going to read something my granddaughter wrote for all of you, and that says it all,” she said.
“I have no idea how to put my mother into words. The truth is there are too many. Lisa Marie Presley was an icon, a role model, a superhero to many people around the world, but Mom was my icon, my role model, my superhero — in more ways than one. Even now I can’t convey everything there is to understand or know about her, but like she always said, I’ll do my best,” Priscilla Presley read. after people.
People from around the world watched as Priscilla Presley spoke about her daughter as the memorial was available via livestream. According to Reutersother tributes to Lisa Marie Presley came from Axl Rose, Alanis Morissette and Billy Corgan.
Priscilla Presley read a poem entitled “The Old Soul”
According to York Dispatch, Priscilla Presley went on to read a poem about her daughter written by her granddaughter Harper Lockwood. Harper is one of the three daughters who survived Lisa Marie Presley – she is also survived by Harper’s twin sister Finley Lockwood and a grown daughter named Riley Keough.
Harper Lockwood’s poem is titled The Old Soul.
“In 1968 she entered our world, born tired, fragile and yet strong. She was delicate but full of life. She always knew she wouldn’t be here for long. Childhood passes, with a look at her green eye she starts her own family. Then her second child came along and left her suspicious—could this be the angel taking me home?” Priscilla Presley read.
“Of course the time flew by. It was time for tragedy. She knew it was nearing the end. The survivors’ fault, some would say, but a broken heart was the cause of her death. Now she’s home where she always belonged, but my heart misses her love,” she continued, getting emotional. “She knew I loved her. I fear I would never touch her. But the old soul is always with me. It doesn’t float up.”
“That says it all, and thank you all for being here. Our heart is broken. Lisa we all love you,” her tribute concluded.
Lisa Marie Presley was buried next to the grave of her son, Benjamin Keough, who committed suicide in 2020. Also buried in Graceland’s meditation garden are Lisa Marie Presley’s father and her grandparents, Vernon and Gladys Presley.
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