Austin Butler pays tribute to Lisa Marie Presley one day after her shock death at age 54


Austin Butler has paid tribute to Lisa Marie Presley.

‘My heart is completely shattered for Riley, Finley, Harper and Priscilla at the tragic and unexpected loss of Lisa Marie,’ the actor said in a statement to E! News on Friday, January 13 – one day after her death.  

‘I am eternally grateful for the time I was lucky enough to be near her bright light and will forever cherish the quiet moments we shared. Her warmth, her love and her authenticity will always be remembered,’ he said. 

Lisa Marie Presley, the only child of Elvis Presley and wife Priscilla, died on Thursday, January 12 from cardiac arrest at age 54.   

Touching tribute: Austin Butler has paid tribute to Lisa Marie Presley. ‘My heart is completely shattered for Riley, Finley, Harper and Priscilla at the tragic and unexpected loss of Lisa Marie,’ the actor said in a statement to E! News on Friday, January 13 – one day after her death; seen together on June 11, 2022 at a screening of Elvis

Lisa Marie was mother to four children: daughter Riley Keough, 33, with ex-husband Danny Keough, twin daughters Finley Aaron Love Lockwood and Harper Vivienne Ann Lockwood, 14, with ex-husband Michael Lockwood, and son Benjamin Keough, who died at age 27 from suicide on July 12, 2020.

Austin and Lisa Marie developed a close friendship after he landed the role of Elvis in the Baz Luhrmann biopic.

His touching words come just three days after he told Lisa Marie and Priscilla that he will love them forever following his Golden Globes win.

During Tuesday night’s Golden Globes ceremony, the 31-year-old won Best Actor, Motion Picture Drama for his starring role in the Elvis biopic. 

From the heart 'I am eternally grateful for the time I was lucky enough to be near her bright light and will forever cherish the quiet moments we shared. Her warmth, her love and her authenticity will always be remembered,' he said

From the heart ‘I am eternally grateful for the time I was lucky enough to be near her bright light and will forever cherish the quiet moments we shared. Her warmth, her love and her authenticity will always be remembered,’ he said

Days before: Austin Butler's emotional tribute to Lisa Marie Presley at the Golden Globes has gone viral in the wake of the singer's shock death from a cardiac arrest

Days before: Austin Butler’s emotional tribute to Lisa Marie Presley at the Golden Globes has gone viral in the wake of the singer’s shock death from a cardiac arrest

In character: During Tuesday night's Golden Globes ceremony, the 31-year-old won Best Actor, Motion Picture Drama for his starring role in the Elvis biopic; Austin pictured as Elvis

In character: During Tuesday night’s Golden Globes ceremony, the 31-year-old won Best Actor, Motion Picture Drama for his starring role in the Elvis biopic; Austin pictured as Elvis

The award winner, who had spent time with Elvis’s daughter Lisa Marie and wife Priscilla in order to embody the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, was quick to thank them in his acceptance speech

The touching tribute saw Austin vow to love the ladies ‘forever’. 

As the women broke down in tears, Austin said: ‘I also want to thank our incredible producers and Warner Bros and the Presley family.

‘Thank you guys, thank you for opening your hearts, your memories, your home to me. Lisa Marie, Priscilla, I love you forever.’ 

Video of the speech has now gone viral on Twitter, with grieving fans noting the significance of his words now. 

One wrote: ‘If you haven’t seen Austin Butler thanking Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley two days ago, see that again this is extra special now… RIP Lisa Marie.’

Emotional: During Tuesday night's Golden Globes ceremony, Lisa Marie Presley (left) and her mother Priscilla broke down in tears when Austin thanked them in his acceptance  speech

Emotional: During Tuesday night’s Golden Globes ceremony, Lisa Marie Presley (left) and her mother Priscilla broke down in tears when Austin thanked them in his acceptance  speech 

‘Austin Butler thanking Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley two days ago is extra powerful now …RIP Lisa Marie Presley,’ wrote another.

Among other tributes, one fan wrote: ‘Wow. For Lisa Marie Presley and Priscilla to watch Austin Butler take home a Golden Globe for his portrayal as Elvis, to then have Elvis’s daughter Lisa Marie die two days later is chilling.’

‘Remembering #LisaMariePresley… just two days ago as Austin Butler thanks Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley at Golden Globes, that moment is even more powerful today #RIPLisaMarie,’ wrote another. 

Touching tribute: Video of the speech has now gone viral on Twitter, with grieving fans noting the significance of Butler's words now

Touching tribute: Video of the speech has now gone viral on Twitter, with grieving fans noting the significance of Butler’s words now

As seen on screen: The award-winner had spent time with Elvis's daughter Lisa Marie and wife Priscilla in order to embody the King of Rock 'n' Roll in the biopic

As seen on screen: The award-winner had spent time with Elvis’s daughter Lisa Marie and wife Priscilla in order to embody the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll in the biopic 

Lisa Marie and Priscilla had accompanied Austin on much of the publicity tour for Elvis and the trio had grown close during filming of the biopic. 

After watching Elvis, Priscilla raved about Baz Luhrmann’s vision and Austin’s performance as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, to whom she was married for just over six years.

The film chronicles the life and career of Elvis from his early days as a child growing up in Mississippi to his ascent as a rock ‘n’ roll icon and movie star, along with his complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

Austin spoke to The Hollywood Reporter on the first time he met Lisa Marie in an interview posted on January 10.

‘She hugged me with tears in her eyes, and she just said, “Thank you.” She took me upstairs and we went into Elvis’ bedroom and just sat on his bed and just talked for hours,’ he had said in the interview.

In May, Lisa Marie praised his performance as her father in the film, noting that: ‘Austin Butler channeled and embodied my father’s heart and soul beautifully. In my humble opinion his performance is unprecedented and FINALLY done accurately and respectfully. (If he doesn’t get an Oscar for this, I will eat my own foot, haha.)’ 

Terrific trio: Lisa Marie and Priscilla had accompanied Austin on much of the publicity tour for Elvis and the trio had grown close during filming of the biopic (pictured at the Golden Globes)

Terrific trio: Lisa Marie and Priscilla had accompanied Austin on much of the publicity tour for Elvis and the trio had grown close during filming of the biopic (pictured at the Golden Globes)

Bond: Steve Binder, Harper Vivienne Ann Lockwood, Lisa Marie Presley, Baz Luhrmann, Priscilla Presley, Riley Keough, Austin Butler, and Finley Aaron Love Lockwood attend the Handprint Ceremony honoring Three Generations of Presley's at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 21, 2022

Bond: Steve Binder, Harper Vivienne Ann Lockwood, Lisa Marie Presley, Baz Luhrmann, Priscilla Presley, Riley Keough, Austin Butler, and Finley Aaron Love Lockwood attend the Handprint Ceremony honoring Three Generations of Presley’s at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 21, 2022

Lisa Marie died at the age of 54 on Thursday, hours after she suffered a cardiac arrest at her home in Calabasas, California. 

She had been rushed to a hospital in critical condition and was said to be in a coma following a ‘full cardiac arrest’ shortly after she had been complaining about stomach pains, according to TMZ. 

Priscilla, who was at her daughter’s side, said in a statement: ‘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. Thank you for the love and prayers. At this time there will be no further comment.’ 

Sources told TMZ that Lisa Marie was found unresponsive in her bedroom by her housekeeper and that her ex-husband, Danny Keough, who she has been living with, performed CPR until paramedics arrived at the house.

Lisa Marie’s life was tumultuous, with five stints in rehab for cocaine and opioid abuse, four failed marriages, losing her son to suicide and a fierce custody battle over her twin girls with an ex-husband she falsely accused of having child pornography.

Troubled: Lisa Marie's life was tumultuous with five stints in rehab, four failed marriages , losing her son to suicide and a fierce custody battle over her twin girls with an ex-husband (pictured January 10)

Troubled: Lisa Marie’s life was tumultuous with five stints in rehab, four failed marriages , losing her son to suicide and a fierce custody battle over her twin girls with an ex-husband (pictured January 10)



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