Lisa Marie Presley is honored at Graceland by Priscilla Presley and Axl Rose. Lisa Marie Presley’s funeral
The family, friends and fans of Lisa Marie Presley Funeral together at Graceland Sunday to honor the late singer-songwriter and only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley.
Musicians Billy Corgan, Alanis Morissette and Axl Rose as well as Priscilla Presleyattended the public memorial service at Elvis Presley’s mansion in Memphis, Tennessee. The ceremony was live streamed on Vimeo and can still be seen on the platform.
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Lisa Marie Presley died earlier this month after suffering a cardiac arrest at her home in Calabasas. She was 54 years old. Her mother and three daughters, Riley Keough, 33, Harper Lockwood, 14, and Finley Lockwood, 14, survive her. Benjamin Keough, her son, died in July 2020 aged 27.
Priscilla Presley paid tribute to her child by reading a poem written by one of Lisa Marie Presley’s daughters instead of delivering a personal tribute.
“‘I don’t know how to put into words my mother. “The truth is, there are far too many,” Priscilla Presley read on behalf of her granddaughter. “To many people around the world, Lisa Marie Presley was an icon , a role model and a superhero. But Mama was an icon, a role model and a superhero in more ways than one.
“She could sense the end was coming. Some might call it survivor’s guilt. However, her death was caused by a broken heart. Now that she is back where she belongs, my heart longs for her love. She knew that I adored her. I’m afraid I’ll never be able to touch her, but the old soul is always with me. She doesn’t float away.’ That says it all and thank you all. Lisa, our hearts are broken. “We all adore you.”
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During the service, Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins sang “To Sheila” acoustically and Morissette sang “Rest” accompanied by a piano. Rose of Guns N’ Roses was one of the last performers of the day, offering a few remarks before performing an impassioned piano rendition of “November Rain.”
“I feel like I should text [Lisa Marie Presley] right now and says: ‘I’m here’, she says. Everyone tells her how wonderful they are. “I never in a million years imagined singing here, let alone in these conditions,” Rose said. “This is truly devastating and, I’m sure, excruciating for everyone here and all those affected by her passing. …
“She was extremely proud — as proud as anyone could be — of her father and his accomplishments, his place in music … and American history and world history. [Lisa Marie Presley was] a friend, a loved one, a beautiful and kind soul and a treasured and much missed family member. Lisa is loved and missed by many, and she will be missed by all those whose lives she touched.”
Riley Keough’s husband, Ben Smith-Petersen, read a statement on her behalf near the end of the service:
“Thank you for being my mother in this life,” he said,” he read. “‘I will be forever grateful for the 33 years I spent with you. I’m sure I chose the best mom in the world for me and I’ve known that since I can remember you. I remember how it felt to be loved by the most caring mother I have ever known.
“Thank you for demonstrating that love is the only thing that matters in this life. I hope I can love my daughter as you did me, as you did my brothers and sisters. Thank you for giving me your strength , heart, empathy, courage, humor, manners, temperament, ferocity and tenacity. I am the result of your heart. My sisters are the result of your love. My brother is the result of your love. We are who you are. You represent us . Thank you, if I didn’t say that every day.”