Why Priscilla Presley Knew Something Was "Not Right" With Lisa Marie in Final Days Before Death

Priscilla Presley recounted the days leading up to her daughter Lisa Marie Presley's death, sharing that she "did know there was something not right" with the singer.

By Gabrielle Chung Aug 24, 2023 2:49 AMTags
Watch: Priscilla Presley On Where She Stands With Riley Keough

Priscilla Presley is opening up about her daughter Lisa Marie Presley's final moments.

The 78-year-old recounted the days leading up to the late singer's January death, sharing she had already sensed that something was amiss when the two attended a Golden Globes after-party on Jan. 10.

"I did know there was something not right," Priscilla told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview published Aug. 23. "We sat down and ordered drinks, and she says, 'Mom, my stomach hurts really bad.' We immediately got up and left."

Lisa Marie, whose dad was music legend Elvis Presley, died two days after the event at the age of 54. Her cause of death was ruled as complications stemming from small bowel obstruction.

On the morning of her passing, Lisa Marie was found unresponsive in her Los Angeles-area home and rushed to the hospital. According to Priscilla, Lisa Marie's first husband Danny Keough—who is dad to the musician's daughter Riley Keough and late son Benjamin Keough—was the one who called to let her know about the hospitalization.

"I got right in the car, but she was already gone," the Dallas actress recalled. "I still can't believe it. I don't wish this on any mother."

Lisa Marie Presley & Her Kids Through the Years

However, Priscilla said she was able to enjoy some happier moments with Lisa Marie before her death as well. In fact, they had quite the laugh before heading to the party at Chateau Marmont, which celebrated Austin Butler's big Golden Globes win for his portrayal of her late ex-husband in Elvis.

"We had just gotten there, you go down all these stairs," Priscilla remembered. "I tripped a little bit because I had these high heels on, and she started laughing so hard. I started laughing."

She continued, "It was fun, a fun memory."

Bryan Steffy/WireImage

These days, Priscilla takes comfort in being with her granddaughter Riley, who was rumored to have fallen out with the Elvis and Me author during a legal dispute over Lisa Marie's will earlier this year.

"Riley is now the executor, which should be right, obviously, being her daughter," Priscilla said. "Riley and I are on good terms. We were never not on good terms. That was all publicity. This is private and this is not something to fool around with and say that we're not agreeing."

The Presley matriarch added, "I'm there for her. She knows that."

Look back at photos of Lisa Marie with her children over the years.

Pride and Joy

Lisa Marie Presley posed with her daughters—Riley Keough and twins Harper and Finley Lockwood—and son Benjamin Keough in this June 2019 photo. The singer wrote on Instagram, "Mama Lion with cubs."

Three Generations

Lisa Marie was joined by her daughters and mom Priscilla Presley at a handprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on June 21, 2022.

Source of Strength

Shortly after celebrating her 53rd birthday in February 2021, the singer posted a family photo with her girls alongside the caption: "Thank you for all of the overwhelming birthday wishes from everyone. Like everyday, I couldn't have made it through without these three by my side."

Together Always

In 2013, the musician rang in Easter with her kids and mom.

Family Day

Lisa Marie took Riley and Benjamin to the Hollywood premiere of Lilo and Stitch on June 16, 2002. The trio were accompanied by Lisa Marie's half-brother Navarone Garibaldi, who Priscilla shares with ex Marco Garibaldi.

Birthday Wish

The To Whom It May Concern artist was fêted by Finley and Harper on her 51st birthday in 2019. "Grateful to be happy, healthy and alive," Lisa Marie captioned a mother-daughter snap from the celebration. "And grateful for all of you."

Girls' Night Out

Lisa Marie was accompanied by her daughters at Elle's 24th annual Women in Hollywood celebration on October 16, 2017.

Snuggly Selfie

"Love of my life," Lisa Marie captioned a selfie with Benjamin on Oct. 14, 2015. "One of the contents of my heart."

Fur-ever Friends

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Lisa Marie shared that she and her twins were fostering puppies from a local shelter. "Exhausting but so rewarding," she wrote on March 23, 2020. "Be well.


Quality Time

While celebrating Benjamin's 21st birthday on Oct. 21, 2013, Lisa Marie snapped this mother-daughter selfie. She tweeted, "love it when were all together."


Tiny Dancers

"Incredible night at the Nutcracker ballet w my fave people in the world," Lisa Marie wrote in a December 2018 Instagram post. "Now it feels like Xmas."

Bedtime Story

Lisa Marie shared a sweet moment with her twins backstage at a tribute concert for Elvis Presley on Aug. 17, 2012. 

Presley Legacy

Lisa Marie and Riley unveiled a new Presley family exhibit at Graceland in August 2018. The "Lights Out" artist wrote on Instagram at the time, "Hope you all enjoy this little insight to my life."

Matching Tattoos

The singer got matching tattoos with Benjamin as a Mother's Day gift.

In July 2022, two years after her son's death, Lisa Marie explained the meaning behind design. "It's a Celtic eternity knot. Symbolizing that we will be connected eternally," she wrote on Instagram. "We carefully picked it to represent our eternal love and our eternal bond."


A Meal With Mom

Lisa Marie and her kids toasted with tea during a 2019 luncheon at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

Easter Sunday

The family got together for an Easter Sunday celebration in 2015.

Rock 'n Roll Royalty

Lisa Marie supported Riley's movie The Runaways at a Hollywood premiere party on March 11, 2010.

Movie Night

Lisa Marie and Benjamin enjoyed a night out at the London premiere of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 on November 11, 2010.

Glam Squad

In October 2018, Riley snapped a mirror selfie with her family at a backstage green room. Lisa Marie captioned the shot: "glamming it up with my loves for a special event!!!" 

Rock On

Riley and Lisa Marie walk the red carpet at a launch party for Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone on April 27, 2012 in West Hollywood, Calif.

Celebrating Elvis

Lisa Marie was accompanied by her mom and her two oldest kids at a ceremony commemorating what would've been dad Elvis' 75th birthday in 2010.

Making Memories

Lisa Marie and Benjamin were snapped hanging out with DJ Ashba in December 2012, with the matriarch calling it a "fun night."

Feeling the Love

"Had such a lovely Birthday this evening with my Family [and] Friends!" Lisa Marie tweeted in February 2018. "Thank You everyone for all the LOVE and Birthday wishes!!"

For the latest breaking news updates, click here to download the E! News App