Lisa Marie’s final days: grief, isolation, an alarming Globes appearance


Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis Presley’s only child, spent her final days on a difficult trek between Los Angeles and Graceland that some family members fear may have pushed the 54-year-old to the brink.

Deborah Presley Brando, a half-sister of Presley, told Additional that she had been worried about her sibling’s recent health, fearing her star-studded week, which included a speech and appearance at the Golden Globes, might have been too much for her.

“She has been pushed a lot in the last five days and there are schedules and commitments that have nothing to do with the reality of the family,” she said outside a Los Angeles hospital. Additional reported. “This is a living example.”

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Brando also noticed her sister was unsteady as she walked the red carpet and spoke to reporters at the Golden Globes on Tuesday night, two days before she died of sudden cardiac arrest.

“I saw people supporting her,” Brando said. “I saw people holding her… I wish she hadn’t committed to something she didn’t want to do.”

In an interview with Additional on the red carpet, Presley was seen struggling to stand on her own, clinging to Elvis’ longtime manager Jerry Schilling, 80, for support. Her eyes seemed heavy and she seemed to slurp a word now and then. Another clip posted to TikTok showed her being helped down a few flights of stairs.

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That interview, where she praised Austin Butler for his role as her father in the biopic Elvis— would be Presley’s last public remarks. However, a speech at Graceland on Sunday gave a better picture of Presley’s recent health.

Speaking on what would have been her father’s 88th birthday, Presley told a crowd of fans that she hardly leaves home anymore and that they were “the only people who could get me out of the house.”

Lisa Marie Presley pictured at the Golden Globe Awards on Tuesday night.

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This is confirmed by a source close to the family American sunSaid Presley, who has been in the spotlight most of her life, had lived a “reclusive life” and had struggled especially since her 27-year-old son, Benjamin Keough, committed suicide in 2020.

“In her last years she was haunted by grief for Ben, he was her baby and he leaned heavily on her,” the source said. Sun. “Her world came crashing down completely when he died… She found it so hard to deal with and barely left the house.”

Presley addressed her grief in an essay for People in August. A promotion of the article was her last ever post on Instagram.

“Grief in no way stops or goes away a year or years after the loss,” she wrote. “Grief is something you have to carry with you for the rest of your life, despite what certain people or our culture would have us believe.”

Despite her personal struggles, it seemed Presley was trying to keep her spirits up, at least in public, and her final speech at Graceland prompted fans to burst into applause.

“I love you too and that’s why I’m here,” she exclaimed on Sunday. “Today he would have turned 88, it’s hard to believe. I think he would have been proud, I think this year has been an incredible year. I think the film was incredible and I’m very proud of it, I hope you are too.”

Presley should fly back to California — where she lived in Calabasas — pretty soon to attend Tuesday’s awards ceremony in Los Angeles. There she was caught on camera crying as Butler gave a speech just after winning “Best Actor” for his portrayal of Elvis.

Presley took in the moment as she sat next to her 77-year-old mother Priscilla, who also appeared to be wiping away tears.

“The Presley family, thank you guys – thank you for opening your hearts, your memories, your home to me,” Butler said. “Lisa Marie, Priscilla, I love you forever.”