“Elvis” star Austin Butler paid tribute to the late Lisa Marie Presley on Friday with a moving statement about her death.
“I am forever grateful for the time I was lucky enough to be near her bright light and will forever cherish the quiet moments we shared,” the actor told People. “Her warmth, love and authenticity will always be remembered.”
Lisa Marie Presley repeatedly praised Butler’s performance in the Baz Luhrmann-directed biopic. In May, she said on Instagram that Butler “beautifully the face and body of my father’s heart and soul.” She added, “If he doesn’t get an Oscar for this, I’m going to eat my own feet, haha.”
Butler told People his “heart is completely broken” for the Presley family after their “unexpected and tragic loss.” She is survived by her mother, Priscilla Presley, and three of her children, including actor Riley Keough. Her son, Benjamin Keough, passed away in 2020.
At the Golden Globe Awards, Butler thanked the family for “opening your hearts, your memories, and your home to me.” He added, “Lisa Marie, Priscilla, I love you forever.”