Lisa Marie Presley Funeral: Priscilla Presley and Axl Rose attend

Lisa Marie Presley Funeral: Priscilla Presley and Axl Rose attend

Family, friends and fans of Lisa Marie Presley gathered at Graceland on Sunday to honor the late singer-songwriter and only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley.

Among those who participated in the public funeral at Elvis Presley’s mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, were musicians Billy Corgan, Alanis Morissette and Axl Rose, as well as Priscilla Presley. The ceremony was streamed live on Vimeo and is still available to view on the platform.

Lisa Marie Presley died earlier this month after going into cardiac arrest at a home near Calabasas. She was 54 years old. She is survived by her mother and three of her daughters, Riley Keough, 33, Harper Lockwood, 14, and Finley Lockwood, 14. Her son, Benjamin Keough, died in July 2020 at age 27.

Rather than deliver a personal eulogy, Priscilla Presley paid tribute to her daughter by reading a poem written by one of Lisa Marie Presley’s daughters.

“’I have no idea how to put my mother into words. The truth is, there are too many,’” Priscilla Presley read on behalf of her granddaughter. “’Lisa Marie Presley was an icon, a role model, a superhero to many people around the world. But mom was my icon, my role model, my superhero in more ways than one. …

“She knew it was near the end. Survivor’s guilt, some would say. But a broken heart was the cause of her death. Now she is home where she always belonged, but my heart misses her love. She knew that I loved her. I’m afraid I’ll never touch it, but the old soul is always with me. She doesn’t float up. That says it all, and thank you all for being here. … Our hearts are broken, Lisa. We all love you.”

During the service, Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins performed an acoustic rendition of “To Sheila,” and Morissette sang her song “Rest,” accompanied by piano. One of the final performers of the day was Guns N’ Roses’ Rose, who made a few remarks before playing an impassioned piano rendition of “November Rain.”

“I feel like I’m supposed to be texting [Lisa Marie Presley] right now, saying, ‘I’m here. Telling him how wonderful everyone is. I never in a million years imagined singing here, and especially in these circumstances,” Rose said. “This is truly devastating and I’m sure unbearable for everyone here and everyone affected by his passing. …

“She was extremely proud, as proud as anyone could be, of her father and his accomplishments, his place in music…and American and world history. … [Lisa Marie Presley was] a friend, a loved one, a beautiful and good soul, and a loved and deeply missed family member. Lisa is loved and missed by so many and she will continue to be loved and missed by all whose lives she touched.”

Towards the end of the service, Riley Keough’s husband, Ben Smith-Petersen, read a statement on her behalf:

“’Thank you for being my mother in this life,’” she read. “’I am forever grateful to have spent 33 years with you. I am sure that I chose the best mother for me in this world, and I have known it since I can remember you. … I remember how it felt to be loved by the most loving mother I have ever known. …

Thank you for showing me that love is the only thing that matters in this life. I hope I can love my daughter like you loved me, like you loved my brother and 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 am a product of your heart. My sisters are a product of your heart. My brother is a product of your heart. We are you. you’re us… If I didn’t tell you every day, thank you.’”

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