Lisa Marie Presley was laid to rest on Sunday, January 22. Her memorial service at Graceland was a high-profile event featuring performances from Axl Rose, Billy Corgan and Alanis Morissette.
Rose performed the Guns N’ Roses classic “November Rain” and also spoke during the service. Rose said, in part, before his performance, “I never in a million years imagined singing here, and especially under these circumstances. This is truly devastating and I’m sure excruciating for everyone here and all of those affected by her passing. At the same time, one can see how hard everyone’s worked, and is working, to make this as beautiful for Lisa as it can be and is. I’m honored to be here for Lisa and her family.” (Rose’s full remarks and performance can be viewed at the 41:42 mark in the video below.)
Corgan performed the Smashing Pumpkins song “To Sheila” at the service. The song is from the band’s 1998 album Adore. Meanwhile, Morissette performed “Rest,” which she released as a stand-alone single in 2021. (Their performances can be seen at the 13:00 and 21:05 marks, respectively.)
Presley passed away on January 12 at age 54 after going into cardiac arrest at her home in Calabasas, Calif.
Lisa Marie Presley: Photos of Fans Gathering at Graceland Leaving Tributes
Lisa Marie Presley suddenly dying at age 54 last week has led to people honoring her at Graceland.
In the photos below, a number of people went to the landmark home of Lisa Marie’s late father, Elvis Presley. They left signs, flowers and other tributes to the only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley.
A rep for Riley Keough, Lisa Marie’s oldest daughter, told the media in a statement, “Lisa Marie’s final resting place will be at Graceland, next to her beloved son Ben.” Ben Keough tragically died by suicide at age 27 in July 2020. Elvis Presley and other members of the Presley family are also buried on the ground of the famed Memphis property.
A Graceland rep told People that the trust that runs Graceland will now benefit Riley, 33, and Lisa Marie’s 14-year-old twin daughters, Harper and Finley. Per Graceland’s official website, Lisa Marie was the sole heir to Elvis’ estate following the death of his father, Vernon Presley, in 1979 and his grandmother, Minnie Mae, in 1980. Lisa Marie legally obtained her inheritance on her 25th birthday in 1993, which was in a trust. She then created a new trust aptly named The Elvis Presley Trust. The trust managed the entire Presley estate. Priscilla Presley and the National Bank of Commerce were listed as co-trustees on the trust.
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