Lisa Marie Presley’s cause of death has not yet been determined after an initial autopsy examination, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner.
“Presley was examined on January 14 and the cause of death has been reported. Deferred means that after an autopsy the cause of death has not been determined and the medical examiner requests further investigation into the death, including additional studies. Once the tests/studies come back, the doctor re-evaluates the case and determines the cause of death,” Sarah Ardalani, spokeswoman for the LA County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Department, told CNN.
The singer and songwriter died last week after being hospitalized following an apparent cardiac arrest.
She was 54 years old.
A public memorial for Presley has been planned at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, on Jan. 22, according to a statement posted on Graceland’s website.
“In lieu of flowers, the family encourages anyone wishing to send something to do so in the form of a donation to the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation,” a notice on the site reads.
The Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation supports arts, education, and efforts on behalf of Memphis-area children.
Elvis Presley bought the estate in 1957 when he was just 22 years old.
He died at the mansion of cardiac arrest in 1977 and is buried on the grounds of Graceland, which is now a museum and popular tourist attraction. Lisa Marie Presley will also be buried there, alongside her son Benjamin Keough, who died by suicide in 2020 at the age of 27.
The Graceland estate was held in trust for Lisa Marie Presley, the only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, until her 25th birthday.
“Lisa Marie Presley became more closely involved with the management team of The Elvis Presley Trust and its business entity, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE), of which she was owner and chairman of the board of directors until in February 2005, when she sold a significant interest in the business,” according to Graceland’s website.
Over the weekend, grief expert David Kessler shared a photo of him and Presley on his verified Instagram account, writing that she had asked him to accompany her to Memphis for an 88th birthday celebration of his late father a few days before his death.
“She had countless invitations for the weekend, but for her, there were only three important ones: to be at her father’s birthday party, to spend time at the grave of her son and her father after leaving Graceland and meeting a recently bereaved mother,” Kessler wrote.
Presley was active in helping others deal with their grief, he wrote, including co-hosting bereavement groups with him at her home for other bereaved parents.
Kessler wrote that their visit to Graceland was “so much fun and upbeat” and that “Graceland was her happy place and the employees who all knew her shared that she looked so much better.”
“She looked more at peace and was so proud of the Elvis movie. Saturday night we sat at the graves of her father and son,” he wrote. “We talked about the grief she grew up with and the more recent devastation of her son’s death She showed me where she would be buried one day I said in a long time…and she said yes I have so much to do.
Presley is survived by his three daughters, actress Riley Keough and twins Finley and Harper Lockwood. A Graceland representative confirmed to People that they will inherit the estate.