Crowds of fans and celebrities gathered at Graceland on Sunday for Lisa Marie Presley’s memorial service.
Elvis Presley’s daughter lies next to her father and son Benjamin Keough, who committed suicide in 2020. She died in California on January 12, according to reports The Washington Post.
Opening the service, Joel Weinshanker, managing partner of Elvis Presley Enterprises, said Lisa Marie Presley asked for one thing for the service after her death: “Don’t make it sad.”
“Lisa, we’re going to try to accommodate your request today,” he said said.
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Lisa Marie Presley was honored at a memorial service Sunday at Graceland, where she will be buried alongside her son, Benjamin Keough. Her mother @Cilla_Presley delivered an emotional eulogy touching on the heartbroken loss of Benjamin and Lisa Marie. pic.twitter.com/mZu6ytlA0P
— True Elvis fan 4Life 🕺🎸🎤 (@ElvisNumber1) January 22, 2023
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Riley Keough’s husband, Ben Smith-Petersen, announced they had welcomed a baby girl while speaking on Riley’s behalf during a memorial service for Lisa Marie Presley!
“I hope I can love my daughter like you loved me, like you loved my brother and sisters. (…)” pic.twitter.com/rJPBLqP7r8
— Riley Keough Photos (@keoughphotos) January 22, 2023
During the ceremony, a letter from Riley Keough, daughter of Lisa Marie Presley, was read by Keough’s husband, Ben Smith-Petersen.
“I remember you bathed me as a baby and I remember you rode me in my car seat and listened to Aretha Franklin. I remember how you cuddled me at night and how you smelled. I remember you invited me over for ice cream after school in Florida. I remember you sang lullabies for me and my brother at night. I remember how you lay with us until we fell asleep,” Smith-Petersen to read.
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“I remember how it felt to be loved by the most loving mother I have ever known. I remember how safe it felt to be in your arms. I remember that feeling as a kid and two weeks ago on your couch. Thank you for showing me that love is the most important thing in this life. I hope I can love my daughter like you loved me,” the letter said.
Priscilla Presley remembered her daughter Lisa Marie Presley during her memorial service. pic.twitter.com/ILwGdR5IVj
— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) January 22, 2023
Priscilla Presley also read comments from Keough.
“She knew it was nearing the end. The guilt of the survivors, some would say, but a broken heart is the very act of their death. Now she’s home where she always belonged, but my heart misses her love,” said Priscilla Presley said on behalf of her granddaughter.
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More from the memorial: pic.twitter.com/6Gon9O9Y1Z
— Sky News (@SkyNews) January 22, 2023
“Our hearts are broken Lisa and we all love you,” Priscilla Presley said.
“Lisa Marie Presley was an icon, a role model, a superhero for many people around the world,” she continued.
The memorial service included performances by Alanis Morissette, Billy Corgan from the Smashing Pumpkins and Axl Rose from Guns N’ Roses.
Axl Rose sings “November Rain” at the Lisa Marie Presley Memorial RIP
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Speakers included the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, and Jerry Schilling, a former associate and friend of Elvis Presley.
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