RIP Lisa Marie Presley

Born on 1st February 1968, Lisa Marie came into the world when Elvis Presley was still one of the world’s biggest stars. But only four days after her father’s 87th birthday and less than three weeks before her 55th birthday, the sad news broke that Lisa Marie had died.

There will be a lot of speculation and theories as to the causes of her death, but the only thing that matters is that a beautiful human being has died.

Her life wasn’t without tragedies. Her father died on 16 August 1977 when she was only nine. I felt a connection with her because both our lives got turned upside down that year at that age because of our dads.

On 12 July 2020 her son Benjamin Keough at age 27 took his own life.

In August 2022, on National Grief Awareness Day, Lisa Marie wrote an essay about grief after her son’s suicide.

“Today is National Grief Awareness Day, and since I have been living in the horrific reality of its unrelenting grips since my son’s death two years ago, I thought I would share a few things to be aware of in regard to grief for anyone who is interested if not to help yourself but maybe to help another who is grieving.

Grief is something you will have to carry with you for the rest of your life, in spite of what certain people or our culture want us to believe. You do not ‘get over it,’ you do not ‘move on,’ period.

I already battle with and beat myself up tirelessly and chronically, blaming myself every single day and that’s hard enough to now live with, but others will judge and blame you too, even secretly or behind your back which is even more cruel and painful on top of everything else.

I can recall a couple of times in my life when I knew parents who lost their child and while I could be there for them when it happened, I avoided them after and never bothered to follow up with them because they quite literally became a representative of my biggest fear,” she wrote. “I also low-key judged them, and I swore I’d never do whatever it was that I felt they either did or neglected in their parental actions and choices with their child.

I keep going for my girls,” she wrote. “I keep going because my son made it very clear in his final moments that taking care of his little sisters and looking out for them was at the forefront of his concerns and his mind. He absolutely adored them and they, him.”

Today we all grieve for the loss of Lisa Marie who died on Thursday, 12 January 2023, aged 54.


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