Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson lead tributes to ‘graceful’ Lisa Marie Presley
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are among the famous faces to offer condolences to the “kind” family of Lisa Marie Presley after her death.
Celebrities include Pink, John Travolta and Diane Warren, all of whom paid tribute to the American singer-songwriter, describing her as “one of a kind” and “whip-smart, sensitive, (and) talented”.
Presley, the only daughter of rock legend Elvis Presley, died on Thursday at the age of 54, shortly after being rushed to hospital.
On Tuesday, she attended the Golden Globe Awards, where Austin Butler won best actor for her role as her father in Baz Luhrmann’s biopic – which also stars Hanks.
In an Instagram post on behalf of the couple, Wilson recalled the time spent with Presley and her family during a movie promotion last year.
“Our hearts are broken with the sudden and shocking passing of Lisa Marie Presley tonight,” she wrote in the lengthy post.
“Tom and I spent some family time during Elvis’s movie tour. Lisa Marie is very honest and outspoken, vulnerable, always in a state of expectation about the movie.
“She spoke so eloquently about her father, how much the film meant to her, that it was a celebration of her father. She has two beautiful daughters Finley and Harper with her who make us all laugh.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to Riley, Harper, Finley, Danny and Priscilla,” she said.
“A mother should never lose a child. Lisa Marie lost her precious son Benjamin, Priscilla lost her only daughter. It too much. Sending love to the family, praying for peace and strength. Love, Rita and Tom.”
Travolta said his “heart goes out” to the Presley family after hearing the news, writing: “Little Lisa, I’m so sorry.
“I will miss you but I know I will see you again. My love and heart goes out to Riley, Priscilla, Harper and Finley.”
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Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin also expressed her sympathy “as a mother” to Priscilla Presley.
“I got to know @Cilla_Presley while on Dancing With the Stars and as a mother I can’t imagine the pain she must have gone through when Lisa Marie passed away so soon,” she said. write on Twitter.
“I have a picture of little Lisa Marie growing up. RIP Lisa Marie Presley.
US rock star Pink said the world had “lost a jewel” and praised Presley’s love for her children.
“Oh, this is so heartbreaking. Lisa Marie, you are one of a kind,” she said in an Instagram post.
“My heart breaks for you, your beautiful family, and your children. The world today lost a rare gem. May your soul rest in peace, my friend.”
Musician Diane Warren expressed grief over “terrible news”.
“Oh no. This is terrible news,” she wrote.
“The whole world is sending love and prayers to the children of Priscilla and Lisa Marie right now. Maybe it gives you (strength).
Immediately after the announcement, Nancy Sinatra wrote: “Sometimes I find myself wishing so much that there was an afterlife and tonight is one of those times.
“Otherwise nothingness, emptiness is too unbearable.”
Their father, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, sang together several times and also featured in a 1960 television special, titled Welcome Home Elvis.
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