Together with the fans, Lisa Marie Presley is being remembered by those that got to share a few of their lives with the one child of legendary rocker Elvis Presley following her sudden death on the age of 54 after suffering cardiac arrest.
Amongst them: Linda Thompson, who got to witness Elvis shower Lisa Marie with love as somewhat girl when she dated the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll for 4 years, starting in 1972 until late 1976.
In an interview with People, Thompson, 72, confessed to being ‘absolutely devastated and shocked’ when she learned of her death on Thursday, which got here 4 days she attended the annual birthday celebration for Elvis at Graceland and lower than 48 hours after her appearance on the Golden Globes in support of the recent Elvis biopic.
Heartbroken: Elvis Presley ex-girlfriend Linda Thompson, 72, is mourning the death of Lisa Marie Presley, first sharing on Instagram after confirmation of her death: ‘My heart is simply too heavy for words’
‘I used to be so blissful to see her at Graceland to rejoice what would have been Elvis’s 88th birthday, after which, after all, on the Golden Globes,’ Thompson, 72, revealed about Lisa Marie, who was four-years-old once they first met.
Each were rare public appearances for the mother of 4, because the tragic suicide of her late son Benjamin Keough, 27, in July 2020.
‘She gave the impression to be on a more positive trajectory emotionally after the unfathomable lack of her beloved son, Benjamin,’ the former actress and sweetness pageant winner said of Lisa Marie.
Thompson was 22-years-old when she first met the Jailhouse Rock star in the summertime of 1972, shortly after he separated from Priscilla Presley, when she attended a personal movie screening hosted by Elvis on the Memphian Theater in Memphis.
Public appearance: Lisa Marie went to the Golden Globes in support of Elvis (2022) biopic star Austin Butler, who played Elvis Presley, and director and co-writer Baz Luhrmann; Lisa Marie was joined by her mother Priscilla Presley on the event held on Tuesday, January 10
Heartbroken: Presley had made few public appearances within the wake of her son, Benjamin Keough’s death by suicide at 27 in July 2020; they’re pictured together in January 2012
During those 4 years that they dated she got to see how similar Lisa Marie was together with her beloved daddy, calling it ‘uncanny.’
‘She had his deep, soulful eyes, his pouty lip, and his raucous, irreverent humorousness. She was a fantastic contradiction like Elvis… complicated in her simplicity,’ she said the singer-songwriter, who released three studio albums during her own profession between 2003 and 2012.
Thompson continued, ‘She was brutally honest, straightforward, loving and dependable. I do not think there was a phony cell in her body. I think she lived her life authentically.’
The 2 Memphis natives kept involved with one another over time, in line with Thompson, who said they most recently communicated by text.
‘The truth is, the very last text to me was a straightforward “Love you Linda” with a heart emoji,’ she shared.
The way in which we were: Thompson was 22 when she stared dating Elvis Presley in 1972, when Lisa Marie was four-years-old, which lasted through until late 1976
On Sunday, January 8, fans everywhere in the world remembered Elvis on what would have been his 88th birthday.
‘There have been many celebrated individuals throughout history, but none more enduringly famous than the enduring legend that was Elvis,’ Thompson wrote in an Instagram post together with an assortment of photos of the previous couple. ‘January eighth would have been Elvis‘s 88th birthday! There are 88 keys on the piano…& something tells me they’re all playing for Elvis in heaven today. That I got to share years of living with & sharing love with this man will all the time feel like a fairytale to me. I’m so grateful for the rarefied memories I hold dear. Comfortable Heavenly Birthday “Buntin”!’
After which, only for days later, got here the initial news reports of Lisa Marie’s health emergency at her home in Calabasas, California. She would again take to Instagram and post a series of throwback snaps of herself and Elvis with Lisa Marie.
‘I’m fervently praying for somebody I even have all the time held so near & dear to my heart @lisampresley,’ she wrote within the caption, adding, ‘Please join me in sending out your best thoughts, love, prayers, and well wishes for a full and speedy recovery for her. Thanks…’
Thompson is seen with Elvis in 1974, three years before his death
But then just hours later got here the confirmation of her death from Priscilla Presley, who described her daughter as ‘probably the most passionate, strong and loving woman I even have ever known,’ before asking for privacy so as ‘to take care of this profound loss.’
“My heart is simply too heavy for words…’ Thompson wrote in her follow-up post on Instagram alongside a photograph of Elvis kissing the highest of his young daughter’s head as he held on to her.
The mother of two – sons Brandon Jenner and Brody Jenner – would go on to reveal that it was Lisa Marie who notified her of her father’s death back on August 16, 1977.
‘I’ll all the time be profoundly grateful to the little nine-year-old Lisa Marie, who had the presence of mind to call me from Graceland the fateful day her daddy died to offer me the news,’ she told People. ‘I used to be the primary person she called. To me, that spoke volumes of how close we were, and the way sure she was of my love for her daddy. The truth is, if there may be any solace to be found now, it’s in my knowing that Lisa Marie was sure I loved her and her daddy, without reservation and with none agenda…’
Thompson went on to share that ‘Lisa Marie was, unquestionably, the best love of Elvis’s life.’
After making the connection between all parents and their children ‘that may compare to no other’, she said Elvis was all the time happiest and most complete when he was with Lisa Marie.
Very much alike: In the course of the 4 years that Thompson dated she got to see how similar Lisa Marie was together with her beloved daddy, calling it ‘uncanny’
Earlier Thursday, Lisa Marie was rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles after reportedly affected by a cardiac arrest, reported TMZ.
Before being taken to a close-by hospital, she had been given CPR by each her ex-husband Danny Keough and EMTs at her Calabasas home, regaining a pulse.
Nonetheless, sources informed TMZ afterward Friday that upon arriving on the hospital, Lisa Marie was ‘pronounced brain dead.’ The sources further added to the tabloid that her family reportedly signed a Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNR).
The publication had previously reported that she had also been put into an induced coma by doctors in addition to life support.
Hours later, she suffered a second cardiac arrest, and the news of her sudden and shocking death was announced not long afterwards.