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It’s never easy being the child of an iconic star, especially someone whose long shadow and global appeal still renders your father a household name 45 years after his death.
But such was the plight and inheritance of Lisa Marie Presley, the singer-song writer and only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley. Lisa Marie’s sudden passing on Thursday adds yet one more sad note to the complicated history of an iconic family that has captured America’s imagination and fascination for generations.
Lisa Marie was just 54 years old and had been rushed to a Los Angeles hospital earlier in the day. Reports suggest she had suffered cardiac arrest. Lisa Marie had attended the Golden Globe Awards just this past Tuesday with her mother.
Lisa Marie’s life started off with happy headlines, of course. A “honeymoon baby” born just nine months after Elvis and Priscilla were married, the birth was front-page news from coast to coast.
“Elvis Presley changed his tune to ‘Rock a Bye Baby” read the UPI dispatch on February 1, 1968. Born at Baptist Hospital in Memphis at 6 pounds and 15 ounces, the