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On 45th anniversary of Elvis’s death, Lisa-Marie Presley recalls her last moments with her dad
Although it's been 45 years, she remembers it like it was yesterday.
Caryl Jane Espiritu
08.24.22

It has been 45 years since Elvis Presley passed, but people still celebrate his art and his legacy.

The King of Rock and Roll will always be special in the hearts of his fans, and they will never forget the singer’s incredible charisma and talent that has moved a lot of hearts across the globe. It is pretty difficult to believe that he has been away for that long because his name never really was lost in the minds of people.

Just recently, a biopic was released by Baz Luhrmann entitled “Elvis”, and it gave the new generation a glimpse of who the iconic singer was and his impact on the lives of fans all over the world. Actor Austin Butler starred in the said film.

Forty-five years after his untimely passing, people are commemorating the legacy of Elvis Presley, especially his daughter, Lisa Marie.

On February 1, 1968, Priscilla Beaulieu Presley gave birth to Lisa Marie. Although Elvis and Priscilla did not stay together for a long time, Lisa Marie has learned how to live with her parents’ separation and lived quite a happy life with them.

She used to stay at her father’s home in Memphis, Tennessee. And on the night before the King of Rock and Roll died, Lisa Marie was there.

According to a report by Express UK at the time, it was shared that the King was playing racketball with his then-fiancee Ginger Alden.

Their cousin Billy Smith and his wife Jo were playing with them that fateful day. After the game, Elvis went to the lower lounge area to play the piano and sang “Blue Eyes Crying in the rain”. He also sang the famous “Unchained Melody.”

Little did everyone know that these two songs were the last pieces the King will ever sing and play. Archivist Angie Marchese recalled the next things that Elvis did after that.

“He then left this building and went back up to the mansion, going through the Jungle Room door,” she explained. “He met Lisa and said he was going upstairs to get some rest as Lisa was just starting her day. Unfortunately, it was that afternoon that Elvis passed away.”

Lisa Marie was able to kiss her dad before his passing.

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Then nine years old, Lisa Marie remembers that she was able to kiss her dad good night before he passed that day. She was supposed to sleep in the morning, but decided against it and went to see her father instead.

“I was supposed to be asleep, actually. He found me and [told me] ‘Go to bed.’ I said ‘Ok.’” Lisa Marie recalled. “I think he kissed me again and then I ran off. He came in and kissed me good night after that. That was the last time I saw him alive.”

At 1:30 in the afternoon that day, Ginger found the lifeless King lying on the bathroom door.

It was a fateful day that Lisa Marie will never forget, just like the rest of the world.

It may be 45 years since that moment, but the King of Rock and Roll’s memory and legacy still live.

Remember the King from his own daughter’s eyes by watching the video below.

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By Caryl Jane Espiritu
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Caryl Jane Espiritu is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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