Austin Butler speaks out after Lisa Marie Presley’s death: ‘Eternally grateful’

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Austin Butler “will forever cherish” the time he spent with Lisa Marie Presley before her sudden death on Jan. 12.

“My heart is completely shattered for Riley, Finley, Harper and Priscilla for the tragic and unexpected loss of Lisa Marie,” the “Elvis” actor said in a statement to E! News on Friday, referring to the singer’s daughters and mother.

“I am eternally grateful for the time I was lucky enough to be near her bright light and will forever cherish the quiet moments we shared,” he continued. “Her warmth, her love and her authenticity will always be remembered.”

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Butler’s tribute comes just days after he accompanied Lisa Marie to the 2023 Golden Globes, where he picked up the Best Actor in a Drama award for his role in her father’s biopic, “Elvis.”

Lisa Marie Presley 1968-2023

In his acceptance speech, 31-year-old Butler even managed to tell Lisa Marie and her mother, Priscilla, how much they meant to him.

“Thank you guys, thank you for opening your hearts, your memories, your home to me,” he said in Elvis’ signature southern drawl as the two women looked on proudly. “Lisa Marie, Priscilla, I love you forever.”

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However, fans expressed concern for Lisa Marie after noticing that she seemed off balance and needed help getting around.

The celebration quickly turned to mourning when Lisa Marie, who was 54, was rushed to hospital on Thursday after going into cardiac arrest.

The ‘Lights Out’ singer ‘coded multiple times’ and was put into a medically induced coma before her mother, 77, confirmed that her ‘beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us’.

“She was the most passionate, strong and loving woman I have ever known.”

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The singer is survived by daughter Riley, 33, who she shared with ex-husband Danny Keough. She also shared 14-year-old twins, Finley and Harper, with her fourth ex-husband, Michael Lockwood.

Lisa Marie also shared son Benjamin with Danny. However, he committed suicide in 2020.

On Friday, sources told Page Six that Lisa Marie will be buried next to Benjamin and her father, Elvis, at Graceland in Tennessee.

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