On Friday, actor Austin Butler paid tribute to the late Lisa Marie Presley, who died at the age of 54 after being rushed to the hospital for cardiac arrest. In an emotional statement to People magazine, Butler expressed his gratitude for the time he had shared with Presley and praised her warmth, love and authenticity. He thanked Presley’s family for “opening your hearts, your memories, your home to me.”
Presley had previously praised Butler’s performance as her father, Elvis Presley, in the Baz Luhrmann-directed biopic and had even joked that she would “eat her own foot” if Butler didn’t get an Oscar for the role. She is survived by her mother, Priscilla Presley, and three of her children, including actor Riley Keough. Her son Benjamin Keough died in 2020.
Austin Butler’s tribute to Lisa Marie Presley is a poignant reminder of the impact of her life and the legacy she leaves behind. Her passing is a tragic and unexpected loss, and her warmth, love and authenticity will be remembered. Butler’s statement is a fitting tribute to Presley’s life, offering an insight into the close bond they had and the warmth with which she was remembered.