Lisa Marie Presley’s heartbreaking final post was tribute to late son
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Lisa Marie Presley's final social media post was a tribute to her late son, Benjamin Keough.
The singer and only child of Elvis Presley has died at the age of 54, her family has confirmed, and tributes have been pouring in.
US media reported that she suffered a heart attack and was rushed to hospital on Thursday (12 January), but could not be saved.
Her family said they were 'shocked and devastated' by her passing.
In a statement confirming the star's death, her mother Priscilla 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. Thank you for the love and prayers. At this time there will be no further comment.”
While Presley's Instagram posts were often few and far between, her last has proven to be a particularly poignant message.
Posted back in August 2022, she shared an essay about grief that she had written for National Grief Awareness Day.
Presley had experienced the pain of losing someone not just after the death of her father, but also her son, Benjamin Keough, who died by suicide in 2020.
She wrote: "Hi. In honor of it being National Grief Awareness Day, I wrote an essay about Grief which was posted today on People.
"I thought I’d post it here in the hopes that anyone who needs to hear all of this, it helps in some way."
In her essay, which was written for People, Presley said grief was 'not a comfortable subject' and was 'most unpopular' to talk about, but that it was an important conversation to have if we were to make 'any progress'.
"Death is part of life whether we like it or not — and so is grieving," she said.
"Grief does not stop or go away in any sense, a year, or years after the loss.
"Grief is something you will have to carry with you for the rest of your life, in spite of what certain people or our culture wants us to believe. You do not 'get over it,' you do not 'move on,' period."
Presley said she beat herself up 'tirelessly' over her son's death, and even blamed herself daily for what happened.
She continued: "This is where finding others who have experienced a similar loss can be the only way to go. Support groups that have your specific kind of loss in common. I go to them, and I hold them for other bereaved parents at my home.
"Nothing, absolutely NOTHING takes away the pain, but finding support can sometimes help you feel a little bit less alone."
The news of Presley's passing comes just days after she attended the 80th annual Golden Globe awards on Tuesday (10 January), where actor Austin Butler took home the best actor award for his portrayal of her father.
Speaking at a pre-ceremony event, she said she had been 'overwhelmed' by the film and the effect that it had.
"I'm very proud and I know that my father would be very proud… I'm overwhelmed with gratitude," she said.
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- Samaritans are there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and will talk to you about anything that's bothering you. You can call 116 123 (free from any phone), email [email protected] or visit some branches in person. You can also call the Welsh Language Line on 0300 164 0123 from 7pm to 11pm every day.
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