Laid to rest next to her beloved child: Lisa Marie Presley is buried beside her son Benjamin and opposite father Elvis’ plot in Graceland ahead of public memorial
- Singer has been laid to rest at family plot in Graceland’s meditation garden
- She has been buried next to son Benjamin Keough who shot himself in 2020
- A public memorial will be held on Sunday at the legendary Memphis estate
Lisa Marie Presley has been buried next to her son Benjamin Keough in the Meditation Garden at Graceland, near her father Elvis.
The singer-songwriter, who died last Thursday aged 54, was laid to rest in the family plot at the King of Rock and Roll’s Memphis mansion in a private ceremony, ET Online confirmed.
A public memorial for the tragic mother-of-four will take place on Sunday at Graceland which will also be livestreamed online.
Lisa Marie’s beloved son Benjamin shot himself in July 2020 aged 27.
Lisa Marie Presley has been buried next to her son Benjamin Keough in the Meditation Garden at Graceland, near her father Elvis (pictured: preparations for her grave earlier this week)
Alongside Lisa Marie and Benjamin, Elvis and his parents Vernon and Gladys are buried in the Meditation Garden next to the mansion, which is now a pilgrimage destination for devoted fans of the icon.
Sunday’s memorial service will take place at 9am local time on the front lawn, followed by a procession to view Lisa Marie’s final resting place.
The LA County Coroner announced on Tuesday that it would be deferring the results of her official cause of death pending the results of a toxicology test – which could take years.
Presley grew up fearing her own mortality after she found her father dead at the age of nine, traumatizing her.
She often spoke of her own death and even referred to the backyard at the Graceland estate as a ‘graveyard.’
‘How many people have a family grave in the backyard? How many people are reminded of their fate, of their mortality, every f**king day? All the graves are lined up and there’s a spot there, waiting for me, right next to my grandmother,’ she told Playboy in 2003.
The singer-songwriter, who died last Thursday aged 54, was laid to rest in the family plot at the King of Rock and Roll’s Memphis mansion in a private ceremony
Lisa Marie’s beloved son Benjamin shot himself in July 2020 aged 27 (pictured together in 2015)
Despite her fear, the singer believed she had many more years to live last Sunday and told her friend David Kessler, who works as a grief counselor, that she had ‘so much to do.’
The pair were at the Graceland estate to celebrate what would have been Elvis’ 88th birthday and Presley, who rarely makes public appearances, told the adoring crowd ‘you are the only people who can bring me out of the house.’
‘I’m not kidding. I love you back and that’s why I’m here,’ she said.
Several of the Presleys also died from heart conditions, including her own father, who died in 1977 at the age of 42 from cardiac arrhythmia with ventricular fibrillation – a condition where the heart beats abnormally and then stops.
Her grandmother, Gladys Love Presley, died at the age of 46 from heart failure, and her grandfather, Vernon Elvis Presley, died at 63 from cardiac arrest.
In August last year Lisa Marie wrote an essay about her son Benjamin’s death to mark National Grief Awareness.
‘I can understand why people may want to avoid you once a terrible tragedy has struck. Especially a parent losing their child because it is truly your worst nightmare,’ she wrote in her essay, which was published by People.
Lisa Marie admitted that she had kept her distance from the parents of other people whose children died by suicide, something that seemed to haunt her.
‘I can recall a couple of times in my life where I knew parents who lost their child and while I could be there for them when it happened, I avoided them after and never bothered to follow up with them because they quite literally became a representative of my biggest fear,’ she wrote.
‘Unrelenting grief’: Lisa Marie Presley, who died on Thursday at 54 after suffering cardiac arrest, penned an essay last August about her overwhelming grief at her son Benjamin’s suicide in 2020. Seen together in 2012
‘I also low-key judged them, and I swore I’d never do whatever it was that I felt they either did or neglected in their parental actions and choices with their child.’
She added that she had been ‘living in the horrific reality’ of grief’s ‘unrelenting grips’ ever since her son’s death.
Since her death, fans have come to place flowers on the front gate of the estate to honor the singer.
‘In lieu of flowers, the family encourages all who wish to send something to do so in the form of a donation to The Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation,’ the Graceland website read.
Presley died on January 12 after suffering a second cardiac arrest while she was in the hospital. Her family signed a ‘do not resuscitate’ order.
The 54-year-old only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley was rushed to hospital on Thursday morning after she was found by her housekeeper collapsed inside her Calabasas home.
EMTs arriving at her home managed to revive her and she regained a pulse, but she was brain dead on arrival at the hospital, TMZ reported on Friday.
The family rushed to her bedside, where she was in an induced coma and on life support. On learning she was already brain dead, they signed a ‘do not resuscitate’ order.
She suffered a second cardiac arrest and died.
Her mother Priscilla, 77, was by her bedside.
‘It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us,’ Priscilla Presley said in a statement Thursday evening.
‘She was the most passionate, strong and loving woman I have ever known.’
Ex-husband Danny Keough – her first of four, with whom she was living at the time of her death – had returned to the house shortly after she collapsed, and performed CPR until the paramedics arrived.
Keough is the father of her actress daughter Riley, 33, and son Benjamin, who took his own life in July 2020 aged 27.
Her fourth husband, Michael Lockwood, is the father of Presley’s 14-year-old twin daughters Harper Vivienne and Finlay, who have said they will not return to the house their mother died in.
Presley was at the Golden Globes two days before her death, celebrating Austin Butler’s Best Actor award for portraying her father, where she broke down in tears during the actor’s speech.
And on Sunday, the singer-songwriter told the devoted crowd at her father’s Memphis estate that they were the ‘only people who can bring me out of the house,’ to mark his 88th birthday.
Lisa Marie with her parents in 1970. Presley found her father dead at the age of nine
Fans said the daughter of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, who had not posted on Instagram since August, looked ‘incredibly sad’ and ‘really hurting,’ two years on from the suicide of her son Benjamin.
In addition, Presley was so traumatized by her father’s passing – and discovering his dead body at nine years old – that she spent the next 35 years trying to be ‘cured’ by Scientology, according to claims by her former counselor, Karen De La Carriere.
De La Carriere, who was known as the ‘Queen of Scientology,’ was a high-ranking member of the church for 35 years.
She said that Priscilla Presley, who had turned to Scientology to alleviate the grief of Elvis’s sudden death in 1977, used the church to help control her daughter’s behavioral problems.
As a result, Lisa Marie, who was just 11 years old at the time, and her mother endured a ‘hostile relationship’ and were in ‘mortal combat’ for the rest of their lives, claims De La Carriere.
The counselor became Presley’s auditor – Scientology-speak for counselor – and said that Presley was placed in ‘obedience therapy’ as a schoolgirl.
De La Carriere said that Elvis would never have allowed that to occur if he had lived.