Priscilla Presley has paid tribute to her late daughter Lisa Marie on what would have been her 55th birthday.
The widow of Elvis Presley posted to Instagram for the first time since announcing in January that Lisa Marie had been rushed to hospital.
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The daughter of Elvis and Priscilla died at a California hospital at age 54 on January 12 after paramedics answered a 911 call reporting a woman in cardiac arrest.
The singer was laid to rest at her family home, Graceland, on January 22.
“Today would have been Lisa’s 55th birthday. My wish is to protect my three grandchildren and keep our family together,” Presley wrote on Thursday.
“From the first moment I held Lisa in my arms, I’ve protected, loved and guided her, as I have my son.
“Our hearts are broken, and I am having to learn to live without my only daughter.
“We truly love all of you, and we feel your prayers. Thank you so much for caring so deeply for our family. 🌹”
Lisa-Marie had four children: Riley Keough, 33, Benjamin Keough, who took his own life in 2020, aged 27, and twin daughters Finley and Harper Lockwood, both 14.
The father of Finley and Harper, Michael Lockwood, is set to receive full custody of his children after their mother’s death, NY Post reported.
Lisa Marie was divorced from Lockwood in 2021, but the two were still disputing finances in family court when she died.
While Lisa Marie was Priscilla’s only child with Elvis, she has another son, Navarone Garibaldi, who she welcomed with former partner Marco Garibaldi.
Presley and Garibaldi dated for 22 years but never wed.
Days before Lisa Marie’s birthday, Priscilla filed legal documents disputing who oversees the estate of her daughter’s will.
The filing in Los Angeles Superior Court last week disputes the validity of a 2016 amendment to Lisa Marie Presley’s living trust that removed Priscilla Presley and a former business manager as trustees and replaced them with Lisa Marie Presley’s two oldest children, Riley Keough and Benjamin Keough, if she died or became incapacitated.
A living trust is a form of estate planning that allows a person to control their assets while alive, but have them distributed if they die.
It serves the function of a will if a separate will is not filed, as appears to be the case with Lisa Marie.
Priscilla’s court filing says there are several issues that bring the living trust amendment’s authenticity into doubt.
The filing says they include a failure to notify Priscilla Presley of the change as required, a misspelling of Priscilla Presley’s name in a document supposedly signed by her daughter, an atypical signature from Lisa Marie Presley, and a lack of a witness or notarisation.
It asks a judge to declare the amendment invalid.
The filing says that the business manager, Barry Siegel, intended to resign, which according to the prior terms of the trust would leave Priscilla Presley, 77, and Riley Keough, 33, as co-trustees.
Priscilla Presley’s filing is among the first of what are likely to be many legal disputes surrounding the estate of Lisa Marie Presley, the only heir of Elvis Presley.
It is not clear, however, how much that estate is worth.
A lawsuit Lisa Marie Presley filed in 2018 said it had been worth in excess of $100 million, but most of that had been depleted.
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