Lisa Marie Presley’s sudden death on January 12, 2023, at the age of 54, came as a shock to the world and her family.
As one of Elvis’ beneficiaries in his will, Lisa Marie Presley inherited his whole estate after the death of her father.
Hours before her death, Lisa Marie was rushed to the hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest. According to TMZ, she was found unresponsive in her bedroom by her housekeeper, and her ex-husband, Danny Keough, performed CPR on her until the paramedics arrived and took over.
After noticing Lisa Marie had “signs of life,” the paramedics transferred her to a local hospital for “immediate medical care,” where she later died, according to People.
In January 2023, two weeks after Lisa Marie’s death, her mother and Elvis’ ex-wife Priscilla Presley filed legal documents to dismiss an amendment in Lisa Marie’s trust, according to TMZ.
Priscilla and Elvis’ manager, Barry Siegel, were named trustees of Lisa Marie’s trust after her father’s death in 1977.
Between that time and Lisa Marie’s death, there was an amendment in the trust replacing Priscilla and Siegel as trustees and appointing Lisa Marie’s eldest children, Riley and Benjamin, instead. Benjamin died in 2020, before his mother’s death.
Priscilla claimed in her 2023 legal filings that the amendment may be fraudulent as it was never delivered to her. She also contended that the date seemed suspicious, the document misspelled her name, and Lisa Marie’s signature “appears inconsistent with her usual and customary signature.” Priscilla filed for the amendment to be declared invalid.
It’s still uncertain who will inherit Lisa Marie Presley’s estate. After her death in 2023, Graceland and her trust were inherited by her daughters, Riley Keough and Harper and Finley Lockwood, a representative for Graceland confirmed to People.
Lisa Marie shared Riley with her ex-husband, Danny Keough, whom she divorced in 1994. She shared twins Harper and Finley with her ex-husband Michael Lockwood, whom she separated from in 2016 and divorced in 2021.
Lisa Marie’s son Benjamin Keough, whom she shared with Danny, died by suicide in 2020. He was 27 years old.
According to a source via Entertainment Tonight on February 16, 2023, the matter has escalated within the family. “It has been a very tense and heartbreaking few weeks for both Riley and Priscilla. Riley has been mourning the loss of her mother and is heartbroken to have to deal with a trust dispute with a family member.
Priscilla is adamant that she has a valid case and that she will prevail in court. Riley and Priscilla aren’t communicating at this time, but have been in communication through lawyers,” the source shared. The source added that while “they are both gearing up for court, Riley would prefer to settle this dispute privately.”
Regarding Lisa Marie’s daughter, the source stated, “She is heartbroken that this has turned into a public matter and knows her mother would never want this. Riley is very stressed at the moment and has been trying to keep a positive attitude and outlook ahead of her new series coming out,” the source says of Riley’s role in Daisy Jones & The Six.
“Her daughter and husband have been keeping her in good spirits.” However, Priscilla feels that she “is right in her heart,” when it comes to her late daughter’s trust. “She is convinced that old documents had been forged,” the source confirmed.