The music world is mourning the loss of Lisa Marie Presley, the only child of the legendary Elvis Presley, who passed away at the age of 55. The cause of death was reported to be a second heart attack. On Thursday, Presley was rushed to the hospital and placed in a medically induced coma after being declared brain dead.
However, with her condition reported as "critical," her family made the difficult decision to sign a do-not-resuscitate order (DNR) in case of further cardiac arrest. A DNR is a legally binding order signed by a doctor at the patient's request, allowing the patient to express their wishes not to receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation or advanced life support in the event of cardiac or respiratory arrest.
Unfortunately, Presley experienced two cardiac arrests and was pronounced dead after the second. It is not known how long Presley was without oxygen after being found unconscious in her bedroom by a housekeeper on Thursday morning.
Presley's mother, Priscilla Presley, confirmed the news of her daughter's passing, stating, "her beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left her forever." She added, "She was the most passionate, strong, loving woman I've ever known."
In her own statement, Priscilla Presley said,
"It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us.
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”. TMZ reported that Lisa Marie was found unconscious in her bedroom on Thursday morning and that paramedics performed CPR and gave her epinephrine to restart her pulse.
The cause of death has not been officially announced. Born in 1968, Lisa Marie was nine years old when her father, Elvis Presley, died of a heart attack at Graceland in 1977 at the age of 42. She went on to become a successful musician in her own right, releasing her debut album, "To Whom It May Concern," in 2003, followed by "Now What" in 2005, both of which reached the top 10 on the Billboard 200.
Her third album, "Storm and Grace," was released in 2012. Just this past Tuesday, Lisa Marie and her mother, Priscilla, attended the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills where Austin Butler won the award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture for his role in the biopic "Elvis." The death of Lisa Marie Presley is a tragic loss for her family, friends and fans.
She was a talented singer and songwriter in her own right and the daughter of one of the most iconic figures in music history.