The descendants of Elvis Presley can now look to the future. "We are happy to have solved this problem together," said Priscilla Presley, the King's widow, after reaching a compromise on the will of Lisa Marie, his daughter who died suddenly in Los Angeles on January 12 of cardiac arrest at the age of 54. This will excluded Priscilla Presley from the estate.
Lisa Marie Presley, the only daughter of the rock 'n' roll legend and who had her own musical career, notably kept control of Graceland, the mansion owned by her father in Memphis, Tennessee, and where he was found unconscious before his death in August 1977. A place that has become a place of pilgrimage for fans of the King.
The singer had named her mother Priscilla in 2010 as one of the administrators of her large estate, but she had modified her will in 2016 to bequeath her fortune to her eldest daughter, actress Riley Keough, who starred in the blockbuster "Mad Max: Fury Road" and more recently in the independent film "Zola".
"I want to make it clear that there has never been a lawsuit against my beloved granddaughter," said Priscilla Presley, who challenged the new will in January: her defense argued that she only discovered the changes after the death of her daughter Lisa, and questioned the authenticity of her signature.
"The families are satisfied," counsel said outside the courtroom. According to him, all concerned are "united, together and enthusiastic for the future". Including Riley Keough, also satisfied to have ended the litigation, explained his lawyer, Justin Gold. "Happy to have solved this problem together," Priscilla Presley called for respect for the "privacy" of the family "to mourn Lisa Marie".
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