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Elvis actor Austin Butler has spoken openly of his grief after Lisa Marie Presley’s sudden death

Lisa Marie, the only daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, tragically died six weeks ago at the age of 54 after going into cardiac arrest at home. 

Austin, 31, who is up for Best Actor at the Oscars for his role as the King of Rock and Roll, spoke about the close bond he formed with Lisa Marie while making the film. 

Austin appeared at the Costume Designers Guild Awards on Monday night, where he presented the gong for Excellence in Contemporary Film after missing out on a trophy at the SAG Awards

Speaking about the loss of Lisa Marie, who passed away just days after Austin won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of her father, he said: ‘I’ve never felt so close to somebody so quickly as I did to Lisa Marie.

Upset: Elvis actor Austin Butler has spoken openly of his grief after Lisa Marie Presley's sudden death

Upset: Elvis actor Austin Butler has spoken openly of his grief after Lisa Marie Presley’s sudden death

Close bond: Lisa Marie, the only daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, tragically died six weeks ago at the age of 54 after going into cardiac arrest at home (pictured last June)

Close bond: Lisa Marie, the only daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, tragically died six weeks ago at the age of 54 after going into cardiac arrest at home (pictured last June) 

‘The first time I met Lisa Marie, we felt as though we knew each other from before, because I’d done these scenes saying goodbye to little Lisa Marie, suddenly now I’m looking at adult Lisa Marie and we just both got tears in our eyes and I got the biggest hug.

‘We just talked and talked for hours. She took me up into his bedroom at Graceland and sat on his bed. Those are the things that are the biggest gift for this whole thing for me,’ Austin said on the WTF podcast with Marc Maron. 

The actor has been in touch with Lisa’s mum Priscilla and said the grief within the family and those who were close to Lisa is ‘strong’. 

‘Priscilla is such a strong woman and she has been handling it in a way that has to hold this whole family together as well as the legacy of Elvis – and now Lisa Marie’, he said. 

‘The things she has had to go through in life are unfathomable.’ 

It comes amid reports Priscilla is not speaking to her granddaughter Riley Keough as they battle it out over Lisa‘s will.

In a 2016 amendment to her will, Lisa Marie removed her mother as her executor and named her two adult children Riley and Benjamin Keough as her only heirs.

Benjamin died by suicide in 2020 and left Riley as the sole heir, but Priscilla is now challenging the amendment, which cut her out of the will entirely.

Grieving: Austin, 31, who is up for Best Actor at the Oscars for his role as the King of Rock and Roll, spoke about the close bond he formed with Lisa Marie while making the film

Grieving: Austin, 31, who is up for Best Actor at the Oscars for his role as the King of Rock and Roll, spoke about the close bond he formed with Lisa Marie while making the film

Red carpet appearance: Austin appeared at the Costume Designers Guild Awards on Monday night

Red carpet appearance: Austin appeared at the Costume Designers Guild Awards on Monday night

On stage: The actor presented the gong for Excellence in Contemporary Film after missing out on a trophy at the SAG Awards

On stage: The actor presented the gong for Excellence in Contemporary Film after missing out on a trophy at the SAG Awards

Winner: Austin congratulated Jenny Eagan won the Excellence in Contemporary Film for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Winner: Austin congratulated Jenny Eagan won the Excellence in Contemporary Film for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Edgy: Austin wore a sheer shirt and black blazer for his awards ceremony appearance

Edgy: Austin wore a sheer shirt and black blazer for his awards ceremony appearance 

In good company: Austin was joined by The Crown's Elizabeth Debicki who put on a daring display in a plunging red dress

In good company: Austin was joined by The Crown’s Elizabeth Debicki who put on a daring display in a plunging red dress 

In the running: Austin has been tipped as the best actor frontrunner for the biopic of Elvis at the Oscars

In the running: Austin has been tipped as the best actor frontrunner for the biopic of Elvis at the Oscars 

‘Riley and Priscilla are not talking,’ one of Lisa Marie’s friends told Page Six. ‘Their relationship is changing, that is true…it’s just so sad.’

The source argued: ‘This is the time Riley would really need her grandmother,’ but noted ominously: ‘Riley is seeing a new side of her grandmother.’

Meanwhile a Graceland insider spilled: ‘Riley’s not looking for a war. She always had a good relationship with her grandmother. Lisa had her issues with her mother, but…she didn’t drag [her kids] into [their] personal issues.’

Furthermore the source maintained that ‘Lisa was meant to outlive her mother’ and so ‘there should be no in-fighting within the family over a trust that was always meant to go to Riley and Benjamin.’

The insider wondered: ‘Why does Priscilla feel that she is most suitable to run things? Why does she feel that she should take over?’

Priscilla is slated to appear at next month’s Oscars, where Austin has been tipped as the best actor frontrunner for the biopic of Elvis. 

The Graceland source intimated that Riley, who is an acclaimed actress in her own right, is ‘unlikely’ attend the ceremony.

Austin will go up against Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin), Brendan Fraser (The Whale), Paul Mescal (Aftersun) and Bill Nighy (Living) on Oscar Sunday on March 13. 

After Lisa-Marie’s death on January 12, Austin released a heartfelt statement about her passing. 

‘My heart is completely shattered for Riley, Finley, Harper and Priscilla at the tragic and unexpected loss of Lisa Marie,’ Butler said.

‘I am eternally grateful for the time I was lucky enough to be near her bright light and will forever cherish the quiet moments we shared. Her warmth, her love and her authenticity will always be remembered,’ he concluded.

Happier time: (from left) It comes amid reports Priscilla is not speaking to her granddaughter Riley Keough as they battle it out over Lisa 's will (pictured last year)

Happier time: (from left) It comes amid reports Priscilla is not speaking to her granddaughter Riley Keough as they battle it out over Lisa ‘s will (pictured last year) 

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