The death of Lisa Marie Presley on Thursday left Hollywood in shock.
The 54-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest at her home in Calabasas, Calif., her mother, Priscilla Presley, confirmed in a statement within hours.
"It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us," Priscilla said in a statement. "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."
The only child of rock pioneer Elvis Presley, Lisa Marie was famous from the very moment she was born, but she became a celebrity in her own right over the years, making music, including several chart hits. At various times, she was married to Nicolas Cage and Michael Jackson, whom she shared a memorable onstage kiss with at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards. All this is to say that, by the time she died, she had earned a lot of love in Hollywood.
Celebrities including Tom Hanks, who played Elvis's manager, Col. Tom Parker, in Baz Luhrmann's 2022 movie Elvis, which was about her father's life, and Hanks's wife, Rita Wilson, along with Luhrmann himself, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, LeAnn Rimes, Pink and many more paid tribute, noting that the death was yet another heartbreak for the musical family.
"I truly cannot find the words to express how sad this truly is," Corgan, the frontman of the Smashing Pumpkins, wrote on social media.
"Heartbreaking" and "just so very sad" are some of the other words people used to describe the moment.
Her half-brother, Navarone Garcia, wrote in his tribute that he knew "the past couple years weren’t easy" on her in the wake of her son Benjamin's death.
There is heartbreak and then there is sorrow. This would be sorrow and on more levels than I can count. Please send your prayers out for her family and children at this difficult time. I truly cannot find the words to express how sad this truly is. RIP @LisaPresley pic.twitter.com/Iac6b1gbIt
— William Patrick Corgan (@Billy) January 13, 2023
— leann rimes cibrian (@leannrimes) January 13, 2023
ANOTHER PERSON I SHARED DEEP EMOTION WITH HAS PASSED AWAY! THIS IS SO SAD & SHOCKING! LISA & I SPENT HRS ON THE PHONE AS SHE WAS DIVORCING MJ, HER SON BEN WAS LIKE A LITTLE BROTHER 2 ME, SO MUCH LOSS, SO MUCH TRAGEDY N THEIR FAMILY, MY ❤️IS W THE PRESLEYS! https://t.co/bWsiJ33lGX
— Corey Feldman (@Corey_Feldman) January 13, 2023
— Bret Michaels (@bretmichaels) January 13, 2023
Mom and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Lisa Marie Presley. Our prayers are with her mother and her loved ones. - CD, Jr. pic.twitter.com/6CZCXYPIXW
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) January 13, 2023
Dear God, #LisaMariePresley has died; I’m in shock. So beautiful and only 54 years old; I can’t actually comprehend it.
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) January 13, 2023
— Mia Farrow🇺🇦 (@MiaFarrow) January 13, 2023
Got home late from seeing a show to hear the tragic news about Lisa Marie Presley. I had only met her a few times briefly. But I have to admit I felt a kinship with her. Not many people know what it’s like. I know she was a special person. My heart aches for Priscilla.
— Seán Ono Lennon (@seanonolennon) January 13, 2023
Utterly devastated to learn of the hideously premature death of a surprisingly sweet, fierce, generous, talented and painfully vulnerable Lisa Marie Presley.
I will treasure you always in my heart girl. Thank you for your kindness. May you now be granted peace. Sx
— Garbage (@garbage) January 13, 2023
We are incredibly saddened and in shock about the passing of Lisa Marie Presley. Gone way too soon. We are sending our condolences and prayers to Priscilla and family. Please know that you are all loved so very much. RIP Lisa Marie.
Peace & Love
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— Mike Love (@MikeLoveOFCL) January 13, 2023
It’s hard to take when someone so young and full of life passes on. I feel so bad about Lisa Marie and I wish the best for her children and her family. Love & Mercy, Brian pic.twitter.com/1yTTlDqPKv
— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) January 13, 2023
I had the chance to know @Cilla_Presley when I was on Dancing With the Stars and as a mother, I can’t imagine the pain she must be going through with the untimely passing of Lisa Marie. I have the image of little Lisa Marie growing up. RIP Lisa Marie Presley
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) January 13, 2023