- Austin Butler said he was “eternally grateful” and “happy” to spend time with Lisa Marie Presley
- The actor said he would “love the quiet moments” they shared
- Butler and Lisa Marie formed a close bond after he played her late father in ‘Elvis’ biopic
Austin Butler paid tribute to Lisa Marie Presley after her death on Thursday at the age of 54.
The 31-year-old actor, who befriended Lisa Marie after portraying her father Elvis Presley in the Elvis biopic, released a statement a day after the singer-songwriter died.
“My heart is completely devastated by the tragic and unexpected loss of Lisa Marie, Riley, Finley, Harper and Priscilla,” he said in a statement to E! Friday news. “I am eternally grateful for the time I was lucky enough to be near her bright light and will always cherish the peaceful moments we shared. Her warmth, her love and her genuineness will always be remembered.”
“Elvis” director Baz Luhrmann also mourned the loss of Lisa Marie in a statement on Instagram.
“Over the past year, the entire ‘Elvis’ family and I have felt the privilege of Lisa Marie’s loving hug. Her sudden, shocking loss devastated people around the world. I know her fans around the world join me in praying for the love and support of her mother, Priscilla, and her wonderful daughters Riley, Finley and Harper,” the filmmaker wrote.
Lisa Marie was hospitalized on Thursday morning after suffering a cardiac arrest. Hours later, her mother, Priscilla Presley, announced that her only child with ex-husband Elvis had died.
“It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us,” the 77-year-old said in a People statement. “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. Thank you for the love and prayers. There will be no further comments at this time.”
Two days before hospitalization, Lisa Marie and her mother che
starred with Butler at the 2023 Golden Globes, where he was nominated for his role in “Elvis.”
Lisa Marie interrupted Butler’s interview with his sister, Ashley. She was delighted with this portrait of her late father, describing it as “truly stunning”.
When Butler later took the stage to accept the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Feature Film, he thanked the late rock star’s family for their support.
“Thank you for opening your hearts, your memories [and] your home for me,” he said in his speech. “Lisa Marie, Priscilla, I love you forever.”
Last year, Lisa Marie also praised his performance on social media after the premiere of “Elvis”, saying that he deserved an Oscar.
“Austin Butler beautifully channeled and embodied my father’s heart and soul,” she wrote on Instagram. “In my humble opinion, his performance is unprecedented and FINALLY performed accurately and respectfully. If he doesn’t get an Oscar for this, I’m going to eat my own foot, haha.”
Butler recently described the moment he met Lisa Marie. “She hugged me with tears in her eyes and just said, ‘Thank you,'” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “She took me upstairs and we went to Elvis’ bedroom, we just sat on his bed and we talked for hours.”
Many other Hollywood stars also paid tribute to Lisa Marie on social media after learning of her death.
“I am devastated by the death of Lisa Marie Presley. Lisa has not had an easy life, as some may think. May he rest in peace now with his son and father. Her mom Priscilla and her three daughters, Riley, Finley and Harper, I pray” – Leah Remini he wrote.
“Lisa, baby girl, I’m so sorry. I will miss you but I know I will see you again,” wrote John Travolta on Instagram. “My love and heart goes out to Riley, Priscilla, Harper and Finley.”
Lisa Marie leaves behind children Riley Keough, 33, and 14-year-old twins Harper and Finley. Her son Benjamin died by suicide in July 2020 at the age of 27.