On the 12th of January, 2023, daughter of Elvis Presley, Lisa Marie Presley lost her life from a cardiac arrest. On the road back to the West Hills Hospital in Los Angeles, her heart was restarted, but she passed away at the hospital.
Lisa was 53 years old when she passed away, and she was with her family on her final hours. As a death cause, it as stated that “sequelae of small bowel obstruction,” which meant that there was a blockage on her small intestine, which was a result of a surgery she had back in 2020.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiners stated that there were “no evidence of injury or foul play” in her passing.
After her passing, many people had paid tribute to Lisa Maria Presley, as she was the daughter of an idol, an icon.
In 2020, Lisa’s son, Benjamin Kenough took his own life, as she was devastated with losing her son. She was the only heir of Elvis Presley’s estate, Graceland.
As she was a public figure, she lived her life in front of the public eyes, but there was a secret which was revealed in her funeral.
At the memorial service, it was revealed that Lisa was a grandmother. The news was revealed by her daughter, Riley Keough’s husband, Ben Smith-Petersen.
”A letter to my mama – thank you for being my mother in this life. I am eternally grateful to have spent 33 years with you. I’m certain I chose the best mother for me in this world and I knew that as far back as I remember you and I remember everything.” Ben Smith-petersen read the statement, which was written by his wife.
“I remember you giving me baths as a baby and I remember you driving me in my car seat listening to Aretha Franklin. I remember the way you would cuddle me at night, and the way you smelled. I remember you taking me for ice cream after school in Florida. I remember you singing me and my brother lullabies at night. I remember how you would lay with us until we fell asleep.”
“I hope I can love my daughter the way you loved me, the way you loved my brother and my sisters. Thank you for giving me strength, my heart, my empathy, my courage, my sense of humor, my manners, my temper, my wildness, my tenacity.”
“I’m a product of your heart, my sisters are a product of your heart, my brother is a product of your heart.”
The couple never talked about their pregnancy, or the welcoming of their baby. The name of the baby is Tupelo Storm Smith-Petersen.
“It’s funny because we picked her name before the Elvis movie,” Riley said.
“I was like, ‘This is great because it’s not really a well-known word or name in relation to my family — it’s not like Memphis or something. Then when the Elvis movie came out [in 2022], it was like, Tupelo this and Tupelo that. I was like, ‘Oh, no.’ But it’s fine.”
“I think it’s a very cool, selfless, and incredible act that these women do to help other people,” Keough added.
“I can carry children, but it felt like the best choice for what I had going on physically with the autoimmune stuff.”
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