Lisa Marie Presley’s third husband Nicolas Cage paid tribute to the star Thursday after her tragic death at the age of 54.
Cage, 59, who married Presley in 2002 before separating just three months later, said in a statement he was “heartbroken” at the loss but believes she is now reunited with her son Benjamin Keough, who committed suicide in 2020 at the age of 27.
Cage said, “This is devastating news. Lisa had the biggest laugh of anyone I’ve ever met.
“She lit up every room and I’m heartbroken. I find some comfort in believing that she is reunited with her son Benjamin.’
‘Heartbroken’: Lisa Marie Presley’s third husband Nicolas Cage paid tribute to the star following her tragic death aged 54 on Thursday (pictured August 2001).
Presley died Thursday after suffering cardiac arrest at her home in Calabasas.
She was taken to a hospital in critical condition and is believed to have been in a coma after going into “complete cardiac arrest” shortly after complaining of abdominal pain, according to TMZ.
Her mother Priscilla, who was by her daughter’s side, said in a statement: “It is with a heavy heart that I 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. Thanks for the love and prayers. There will be no further comment at this time.’
Past: Cage, 59, who married Presley in 2002 before separating just three months later, said in a statement (pictured in 2002) that he was heartbroken at the loss.
Grief: Cage said “I find some comfort in the belief that she is reunited with her son Benjamin” – Presley and Benjamin pictured – he died by suicide in July 2020 at the age of 27
Lisa Marie’s death comes just two days after she was pictured with her mother at the Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hills Hilton, where Austin Butler won a Best Actor award for his portrayal of her father in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis.
Sources told TMZ that Lisa Marie was found unresponsive in her bedroom by her housekeeper and that her ex-husband, Danny Keough, who she lives with, was performing CPR until paramedics arrived at the home.
The source added that “someone administered adrenaline” — better known as epinephrine — at the scene at least once to help Lisa Marie get a pulse back.
According to the Mayo Clinic, abdominal pain is a symptom of cardiac arrest in women
Epinephrine, or adrenaline, is given to treat many life-threatening conditions, such as cardiac arrest, asthma attacks, and allergic reactions.
The LA County Sheriff’s Department told Dailymail.com: “Lost Hills Station deputies responded to a call for help from LA County Fire near the 9500 block of Normandy Drive in Calabasas regarding an adult female, approximately 55, on medical grounds In an emergency / a woman who is not breathing.
Matchy: Lisa Marie Presley revealed in July that she had a tattoo that matched that of her late son, Benjamin Keough, on his foot
Last seen: Lisa died Thursday at her home in Calabasas after suffering a heart attack. Her most recent appearance was Tuesday at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills with her mother Priscilla in support of Baz Luhrmann’s (far right) film Elvis starring Austin Butler (left).
“The adult female was rushed to a local hospital by the LA County Fire Department where they were released into the hospital’s care.”
The official would not confirm if the person was Lisa Marie, who turns 55 next month, what hospital the person was transported to, or what was administered.
The Hollywood Reporter reported that firefighters responded and were able to take the woman’s pulse before she was rushed to West Hills Hospital.
Images have emerged of Lisa Marie’s mother Priscilla, 77, rushing to the hospital an hour after her daughter’s medical emergency became known.
She was seen rushing quickly to the entrance of the hospital where her only daughter was being treated.
Lisa Marie was a singer and songwriter and is survived by three children, including 33-year-old actress Riley Keough. She had a fourth child, Benjamin, who committed suicide in 2020 at the age of 27.
Family matters: Presley shared Benjamin and Riley with her ex-husband Danny Keough, and she also welcomed twin daughters Harper and Finley at age 14 with ex-husband Michael Lockwood
Days before her death at age 54 from cardiac arrest, she appeared unsure when interviewed on the red carpet at the 2023 Golden Globes, where she attended to support the film Elvis.
In the clip, Lisa Marie turned to her boyfriend Jerry Schilling, 80, and said “I’ll grab your arm” as she was interviewed by Extra host Billy Bush.
She spoke slowly and slurred as she answered questions about movie star Austin Butler and the storms and floods in Southern California.
Bush asked her if she had met Butler, to which she said to Schilling, “I’ll grab your arm,” and crossed her right arm with Schilling’s left arm.
In the chat, Lisa Marie said she thought Butler hit the “properties.” [and] talking without doing it like in a caricature, as was done in the past.’
She added: “It’s kind of done in a funny, facetious way [Elvis] spoke, but Austin actually got it and did it perfectly without making it weird.
Devastating loss: The star previously spoke about the “terrible grief” she suffered after losing Benjamin (pictured in 2015)
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