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Lisa Marie Presley was ‘stressed out’ by public appearances: report


Lisa Marie Presley reportedly felt “stressed” before her death about having to make public appearances.

The late “Lights On” singer was still mourning the loss of her son, Benjamin Keough, who died by suicide in 2020, and “didn’t want to be seen by anyone,” family sources told TMZ on Sunday.

However, due to the success of the movie “Elvis”, which centered on her iconic father Elvis Presley, Lisa Marie knew she would have to do press again.

The “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” singer, who had battled addiction for years, reportedly turned to opioids and weight-loss drugs to try to look her best at red carpet events.

After seemingly losing 40-50 pounds, Lisa Marie attended the 2023 Golden Globes, where Austin Butler won Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his portrayal of Elvis.

Lisa Marie Presley on the Golden Globes red carpet.
Lisa Marie Presley was said to have been “stressed out” before her death.
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However, the “Dirty Laundry” singer was visibly unsteady on the red carpet that night, telling her friend Jerry Schilling, “I’m going to grab your arm” for support.

“Extra” host Billy Bush, who conducted an interview with Lisa Marie at the Golden Globes, said after her death, “She was very uneven in her poise.”

He added: “The speech was very slow. And, definitely, at the end of the interview, I turned to my producer next to me and said, “Something is wrong here.

Lisa Marie Presley and Priscilla Presley posing for a photo with Austin Butler at the 2023 Golden Globes.
Lisa Marie attended the 2023 Golden Globes to support Austin Butler and the movie “Elvis.”
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Lisa Marie Presley and Austin Butler at the 2023 Golden Globes.
Lisa Marie attended the 2023 Golden Globes to support Austin Butler and the movie “Elvis.”
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Two days after the awards ceremony, Lisa Marie suffered cardiac arrest and was rushed to hospital. She died shortly after at age 54.

“If it weren’t for the Golden Globes, Lisa might be alive today,” an insider told TMZ.

The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office has not released Lisa Marie’s official cause of death.

Lisa Marie Presley posing for a photo at the 2023 Golden Globes.
Lisa Marie reportedly lost 40-50 pounds before the Golden Globes.
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Although it’s not yet known why she died, the “To Whom It May Concern” singer has openly grappled with Keough’s death.

In a tribute to her son in October 2020, she wrote: “My beautiful beautiful angel. I loved the ground you walked on, on this earth and now in heaven. My heart and my soul went with you.

Representatives for Lisa Marie declined Page Six’s request for comment.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.