Four days after celebrating Elvis Presley’s birthday at Graceland, Lisa Marie Presley died in a Los Angeles hospital after suffering a heart attack at her home, 30 miles northwest of L.A.
Paramedics were called to Presley’s home in the city of Calabasas at 10:37 a.m. on Thurs., Jan. 12 for someone suffering from cardiac arrest.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, paramedics performed CPR that restored Lisa Marie’s breathing, and she was rushed to the hospital where she died at age 54 while being treated.
Ironically, she had attended the Golden Globe Awards on Tues., Jan. 10, where Austin Butler won The Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Motion Picture for portraying Lisa’s father in a blockbuster movie titled “Elvis.”
Lisa Marie was nine years old when Elvis died at Graceland on Aug. 16, 1977, and she along with Vernon Presley, her grandfather; and Minnie Mae Hood Presley, her great-grandmother; inherited Graceland to become joint-heirs.
After Vernon passed away in 1979 and Minnie Mae died in 1980, Lisa Marie became the sole owner of Graceland. By the time she turned 25, she became the sole owner of Elvis’ estate which was estimated to be $100 million. The estate soon grew to $200 million.
Lisa Marie pursued a career as a singer, and songwriter, but her career was sidetracked by substance abuse which led her to spend time in rehab for cocaine abuse on several occasions.
As a vocalist struggling to overcome substance abuse, Lisa Marie managed to release only three albums during her career. None charted No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200.
“To Whom It May Concern” reached No. 5 while enjoying a run for 18 weeks in 2003.
In 2005, “Now What” reached No. 9 during a seven-week run, and “Storm and Grace” her final album released in 2012 reached No. 45.
Elvis was 32 when he married Pricilla on May 1, 1967, at the now-defunct Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. Pricilla was 21.
Lisa Marie was born on Feb. 1, 1968, and throughout her life, she was the only person who could say, “Elvis was my father.”