Breaking: Lisa Marie Presley dies following apparent cardiac arrest

By MDLinx staff
Published January 12, 2023

Key Takeaways

Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, died Thursday, January 12, 2023, hours after being transported to the hospital following a suspected cardiac arrest. She was 54.

According to multiple news sources, Los Angeles County emergency responders went to a home in Calabasas, California, late Thursday morning after receiving a call about a woman not breathing. Prior to being transported to a local hospital, multiple sources noted she received CPR and responders were able to find a pulse. An official cause of death had not yet been released at press time.

Presley's death comes less than 2 weeks after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, 24, suffered a cardiac arrest on the field on January 2. By contrast, Hamlin is experiencing a rapid recovery and was released from the hospital Wednesday, January 11.

Related: Damar Hamlin’s rapid recovery: Medical experts weigh in

Clinical look

"There are differences in outcomes among patients with an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with and without a pulse. The difference in outcomes between Hamlin and Presley may have been that he had a shockable rhythm," says Scott Cunningham, MD, PhD.

In general, among patients with an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, approximately one-fourth are resuscitated and admitted to the hospital. Approximately 10% of patients who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest will be discharged from the hospital, although significant neurologic sequelae are common. In contrast, up to one-third of inpatients who have a cardiac arrest will be discharged from the hospital; these patients generally are neurologically intact.[][]

About Lisa Marie Presley

Lisa Marie, a star in her own right, was the only daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, and has three children of her own. Her mother Priscilla is reported to have arrived at the hospital shortly after Lisa was transported there. Both were prominent at the Golden Globe awards earlier this week, where they supported Austin Butler in winning a Globe for his portrayal of the King of Rock n' Roll in the film "Elvis."

The media is overflowing with remembrances and stories about her history and life. The star herself was a singer, songwriter, and actress, and was the sole heir to Elvis' estate. She ran Elvis Presley Enterprises before selling it off in 2005, but continued to own his estate.

In 2020, her 27-year-old son, Benjamin Keough, died by suicide, and Lisa Marie often shared about him, posting photos on her Instagram, writing about the loss on National Grief Awareness Day in September, and more.

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