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'I wanted her to be happy': Axl Rose remembers Lisa Marie Presley

The Guns N' Roses singer pays tribute following Presley's death at 54

Axl Rose rarely communicates with the news media these days, but the Guns N’ Roses front man was moved to release a statement to People remembering Lisa Marie Presley, a close friend, following her sudden death at age 54.

Presley, the only daughter of Elvis Presley, passed away on January 12 after suffering cardiac arrest. She is survived by her daughter, Riley Keough, 33, and twins Harper and Finley, 14. Presley also had a son, Benjamin Keough, who died by suicide in July 2020 at age 27.

"I will miss my friend Lisa,” Rose said. “Her passing, just as her son's, or as a kid, her father's, doesn't seem real. Lisa loved her family, all her children. My heart goes out to them."

Regarding Keough, he said, "Her son's passing was shocking, tragic and devastating. It was something that, at a point, you obviously didn't want to bring up but awkwardly would in an effort to let her know you cared and were thinking about her, about them, and to be of any comfort one could, which she appreciated.”

Rose continued, "I wanted her to be happy, to feel good about things, at least as much as one could under the circumstances. And really, with the closeness of their relationship, one could hope — but truthfully, it didn't seem, at least without some real time passing, a reasonable reality.

"What comes after life who knows but I'd like to think they're together, her and Ben with her father and Ben's grandfather in some way, and Lisa, and the most important men in her life are happy together."

Rose concluded, "I was fortunate enough to hear about her father and her experiences and memories with him first hand. She came to shows and we hung out backstage," says Rose. "It was always great to see her and she was always fun n' super supportive."