‘Our heart is broken’: Priscilla Presley delivers moving eulogy as Lisa Marie is laid to rest

Jan 23, 2023
A sorrowful Priscilla took the stage to read remarks on behalf of her granddaughter, Riley Keough, and deliver a poem in tribute to her late daughter. Source: Getty Images.

As mourners gathered at Graceland to farewell Lisa Marie Presley on Sunday, January 22, the 54 year old’s mother, Priscilla, delivered an emotional eulogy for her late daughter.

The daughter of music icon Elvis, passed away on Thursday, January 12 after reportedly suffering a cardiac arrest.

According to TMZ, Lisa Marie was rushed to hospital after emergency services attended the home of the 54 year old where they performed CPR before taking her to hospital, paramedics were reportedly able to regain a pulse en route to the hospital.

Shortly after being administered to hospital, Lisa Marie’s mother arrived to be by her daughter’s side.

Priscilla later announced the news of her daughter’s “devastating” death in a statement, while thanking the public for their “love and prayers”.

“It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us,” she said.

“She was the most passionate strong and loving woman I have ever known. We ask for privacy as we try to deal with this profound loss. Thank you for the love and prayers. At this time there will be no further comment.”

After announcing the sudden death of Lisa Marie to the world, Priscilla reflected on the passing of her beloved daughter once again in front of friends and family during Sunday’s ceremony.

A sorrowful Priscilla took the stage to read remarks on behalf of her granddaughter, Riley Keough, and deliver a poem in tribute to her late daughter.

“I’m going to read something that my granddaughter wrote for all of you, and this says it all,” Priscilla began.

“‘I have no idea how to put my mother into words. Truth is, there are too many.’

“‘Lisa Marie Presley was an icon, a role model, a superhero to many people all over the world, but Mama was my icon, my role model, my superhero – in much more ways than one’

“‘Even now, I can’t get across everything there is to be understood or known about her, but as she always said, ‘I’ll do my best.'”

Priscilla then read from a poem titled The Old Soul, which was written about Lisa Marie’s life.

“‘In 1968, she entered our world, born tired, fragile, yet strong. She was delicate, but was filled with life. She always knew she wouldn’t be here too long.'”

“‘Childhood passes by, with a glimpse of her green eye, she then grew a family of her own. Then came her second child, leaving her with suspicion – could this be the angel that takes me home?’

“‘Time, of course, flew by. It was time for a tragedy. She knew it was close to the end. Survivor’s guilt, some would say, but a broken heart was the doing of her death. Now, she is home where she always belonged, but my heart is missing her love.’

“‘She knew that I loved her. I fear I would never touch her. But the old soul is always with me. She doesn’t drift above.’

“That says it all, and thank you all for being here… Our heart is broken. Lisa, we all love you,” Priscilla concluded.

Lisa Marie’s funeral comes after her daughter broke her silence regarding her mother’s death with a poignant post to social media.

On Friday, January 20, Keough shared a throwback black-and-white photo on Instagram of herself with Lisa Marie.


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After posting the heartwarming photo, those close to Keough were quick to offer messages of love and support.

“Thinking of you. Sending you so much love,” one person wrote.

“Been thinking of you so much.”

“I’m so sorry, this is such a profound loss. Sending you and your family so much love and strength,” said another.

“She is always with you Ri, wherever you are no matter what. Her arms wrapped around you, beaming with pride, just like in this photo. Love you so much, my heart is with you all.”

“I’m so sorry love. I can’t imagine the pain. May her memories be a blessing.”

Lisa Marie is survived by her mother, her three daughters and half-brother, Navarone Garibaldi.

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