“Extra” host Billy Bush said he “feels terrible” about Lisa Marie Presley’s death, which happened just two days after Bush interviewed her on the Golden Globes red carpet.
“I feel my heart is too heavy for almost anyone who hurts” Bush told People magazine.
Presley died Thursday at the age of 54, her heart reportedly stopped twice, and her family signed a do-not-resuscitate order. An official cause of death has not been announced.
She appeared stands and walks non-stop Tuesday as she grabbed the arm of her boyfriend, 80-year-old talent manager Jerry Schilling. In the middle of the interview with Bush, he told her on the plus one: “I’m going to hold your hand.”
“She was very uneven in her balance” Bush, 51, told Fox LA. “The speech was very slow. And sure enough, when the interview was over, I turned to my producer next to me and said, “Something’s not right here.”
“He was knowledgeable. She was definitely with it, just a second late. But it was there. It was definitely there, but a little further away in a way,” Bush added.
For interviews, the A-listers had to walk up two steps to the podium where Bush stood, but Presley, the only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, struggled to get them up.
“It was clear that he would not come on the two flights. I went down and met her on the carpet itself,” he recalled to Fox LA.
Lisa Marie Presley 1968-2023
While the TV personality noticed that “something” was going on at the time, she said she never expected Presley to die. Bush pondered the possibility of “history repeating itself,” calling the ordeal “very sad.”
“Of course, you’re thinking, yes, history is repeating itself? Is this another situation like this?’ Bush continued on Fox LA, noting that Elvis died at 42 after heart problems. “It seems likely, I can’t say for sure that this is the case.”
Hollywood legend says the Presley family may be “cursed” because Elvis’ maternal grandparents were first cousins. Elvis’ own mother, Gladys, died of heart failure at age 46, while some of her siblings also died in their 40s.
According to Elvis historian Sally Hudel, the Presley lineage continues to suffer the consequences.
“Elvis was definitely a victim of his own DNA,” Hundel wrote in her book, “Destined to Die Young,” about the late King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Lisa Marie She lost her son, Benjamin Keough, to suicide in 2020 and was completely devastated by his sudden death at the age of 27.
In August 2022, he wrote a Essay on grief for People magazine in honor of National Grief Awareness Day, promoting it on Instagram “in the hopes that whoever needs to hear all of this will help in some way.”
Lisa Marie was rushed to the hospital Thursday after reportedly going into cardiac arrest at her home in Calabasas. She was placed in an induced coma on life support with a temporary pacemaker before her heart failed a second time, sources told TMZ.
Priscilla Presley, 77, announced the tragic death of her daughter on Thursday.
“Priscilla Presley and the Presley family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Lisa Marie,” she said in a statement to The Post. “They are deeply grateful for everyone’s support, love and prayers and ask for privacy during this very difficult time.”
Fellow celebrities paid their respects on social media, expressing their sadness and shock and sharing fond memories of the singer-songwriter.
“My heart is absolutely broken for Riley, Finley, Harper and Priscilla in the tragic and unexpected loss of Lisa Marie,” said actor Austin Butler, who won a Golden Globe this week for his role as the rock star star in the biopic ‘Elvis’. Post to statement.
“I am eternally grateful for the time I was lucky enough to be around her bright light and will forever cherish the quiet moments we shared. Her warmth, her love and her authenticity will always be remembered,” he continued.
“I am devastated by the death of Lisa Marie Presley,” the star of “King of Queens” and former fellow Scientologist Leah Remini. he tweeted. “Lisa didn’t have an easy life, as some might think. May she rest in peace with her son and father now. Priscilla’s mom and her three daughters, Riley, Finley and Harper, are in my prayers.”
“Grease” actor John Travolta, who recruited Priscilla to the Church of Scientology after Elvis died in 1977, took to Instagram to express his grief.
“Lisa baby, 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, hi He wrote.
“Oh, this hurts my heart,” singer Pink he mourned on Instagram. “Lisa Marie, you were one of a kind. Funny as a st, smart as a whip, sensitive, talented, witty, mean, loving, generous, critical but always right, loyal and you adored your children.’
“My heart breaks for you and your beautiful family and children. The world lost a rare gem today. May your soul rest in peace my friend,” he continued.
Presley is survived by her 14-year-old twin daughters, Harper and Finley Lockwood, in addition to actress Riley Coe, 33. She is expected to be buried next to her late son at Graceland, her father’s sprawling Memphis estate.