Lisa Marie Presley, the only child of Elvis Presley, spent her final days travelling from Los Angeles to Graceland, a difficult journey that some family members believe may have brought the 54-year-old close to passing away. Presley’s half-sister Deborah Presley Brando revealed to Extra that she had been concerned about her half-recent sister’s health and had feared that her star-studded week, which included a speech and an appearance at the Golden Globes, may have been too much for her.
According to Extra, she said outside a Los Angeles hospital that “she’s been pushed a lot over the past five days, and there are schedules and commitments that don’t have anything to do with the realities of family.”
Two days before she passed away from a sudden heart arrest, Brando also observed her sister was shaky when she walked the red carpet and spoke with reporters at the Golden Globes on Tuesday night. Brando observed that “people were supporting her.” I observed someone holding her. I regret that she agreed to do something she didn’t want to.
Lisa Marie was spotted clinging on Elvis’ longtime manager Jerry Schilling, 80, for help as she struggled to stand erect on her own during an interview with Extra on the red carpet. She had heavy-looking eyes and occasionally slurred words. She was seen being assisted down a few stairs in another TikTok video.
Lisa Marie gave her last public remarks in the interview, in which she lauded Austin Butler for playing her father in the film Elvis. However, a speech on Sunday at Graceland painted a more illuminating picture of Presley’s recent state of health. Presley informed a crowd of supporters that they were “the only people who can bring me out of the house” since she hardly ever leaves the house these days and that today would have been her father’s 88th birthday.
According to a family member who spoke to the U.S. Sun, Presley, who spent the majority of her life in the spotlight, had been leading a “reclusive existence” and had battled in particular ever since her son Benjamin Keough, 27, committed suicide in 2020. The insider told the Sun that “in her dying years, she was tortured with sadness for Ben, because he was her son and he relied on her severely.” “When he passed away, her entire life came apart… She found it so challenging to handle that she hardly ever left the house.”
In an editorial published in August for People, Presley discussed her loss. Her final Instagram post was a promotion for the article. “Grief does not stop or go away in any sense, a year, or years after the loss,” she wrote. “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 wants us to believe.”
Despite her personal troubles, it seems Presley strove to maintain her positive attitude, at least in public, and her final statement at Graceland was met with thunderous ovation from the audience.
She exclaimed, “I love you back, and that’s why I’m here,” on Sunday. “It’s difficult to comprehend that he would have turned 88 today. This year has been amazing, and I believe Dad would have been pleased. I hope you folks agree with me that the movie was amazing and I’m quite pleased of it.” She was seen crying there as Butler delivered a speech shortly after receiving “Best Actor” for his portrayal of Elvis, and the moment was caught on tape. Butler remarked to the Presley family, “The Presley family, thank you guys—thank you for extending your hearts, your memories, and your home to me.” I will always love you, Lisa Marie and Priscilla.