Here's How Old Lisa Marie Presley Was When Elvis Died

Elvis Presley was and continues to be one of the greatest musicians of all time. Dubbed the King of Rock and Roll, his music crossed genres, taking inspiration from country, blues, gospel, and R&B music. In his early 20s, Elvis transcended into superstardom, per Graceland. Elvis starred in movies, went on tours, and became famous for his iconic Las Vegas home. Sadly, the musician's career was cut short due to his tragic death.

Elvis was only 42 years old when he passed away in 1977 at his Graceland home. The musician was found by his girlfriend at the time, Ginger Alden. Once news got out, there was a lot of speculation on how the "Jailhouse Rock" singer died. The official autopsy and the coroner reported his death was due to "cardiac arrhythmia," and ruled out drug overdose as a cause of death, The New York Times reported in 1977. His legacy impacted many as they flocked to Graceland to pay tribute to the famed musician.

While fans of Elvis were devastated, his family was hurting even more. Elvis was previously married to Priscilla Presley, which many deemed to be his one true love. The pair welcomed a baby girl, Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis' only child. Up until her death, Lisa Marie continued to honor and pay respect to her father. So, just how old was Lisa Marie when Elvis passed away? Many may be surprised at how young the singer was.

Lisa Marie Presley was 9 when Elvis Presley died

Lisa Marie Presley was only 9 years old when her father died. In 2003, the songwriter who followed in her dad's footsteps with her music career talked about his death on "Larry King Live." Lisa Marie and King lost their fathers at nearly the same age, which encouraged the singer to open up about the night Elvis died. She said, "You know, I think I had a harsh introduction to death early on, and ... it sort of started a whole sequence at that point." Lisa Marie revealed she lost other loved ones following her father's death.

Lisa Marie has always kept details of Elvis' death extremely private, but she did relive the tragic night years after her interview with King, per Radar Online. She said, "I don't like talking about this. It was 4 a.m. I was supposed to be asleep, actually. He found me." Lisa Marie revealed her father came in to kiss her goodnight. She said that was the "last time I saw him alive." The songwriter woke up and found her father lying facefirst on the ground in his bathroom with then-girlfriend, Ginger Alden, by his side. Lisa Marie then ran to the phone to call one of Elvis' ex-girlfriends, Linda Thompson. Thompson recalled that Lisa Marie yelled, "My daddy's dead! He's smothered in the carpet!" The traumatizing death, especially at such a young age, greatly affected the way Lisa Marie coped.

Lisa Marie had trouble grieving Elvis' death

Lisa Marie Presley dealt with a life of grief due to the tragedy of losing her father at such a young age. While most people have time to grieve alone, Lisa Marie didn't have that option. Her father was one of the most well-known musicians of all time, and upon his death, fans flocked to Graceland.

The songwriter talked about how this affected her grieving process on "Larry King Live." She said, "That was a bit odd because ... there was so many masses of people mourning." Lisa Marie recalled people fainting and crying, yet she couldn't express the same emotions. When asked whether she had time to grieve her father's death, she responded, "Not at that point. It was too massive of a situation, and I was kind of shocked at all that was going on." Even after time passed, grief stayed with Lisa Marie.

In 2002, the songwriter paid tribute to her father on the 25th anniversary of his death, per People. She said, "I wanted you to know that I haven't forgotten. You made me. I love you. You're still lovely. You were lovely then." Even days before Lisa Marie's tragic death, she honored her father on what would have been his 88th birthday, per Fox News. Lisa Marie's love for her father is undeniable and will continue to live on through their legacies.