‘She was the light of our life’: Priscilla Presley, 76, honours her mother Anna Lillian Iversen following her death at 95 while Riley Keough, 32, pays tribute to the ‘incredible’ family matriarch
Priscilla Presley has paid tribute to her mother Anna Lillian Iversen following her death at the age of 95, while Riley Keough has honoured the family matriarch.
Elvis’ widow, 76, wrote on Instagram: ‘I am heartbroken. My beautiful mother passed today. She was the light of our lives. ‘She never wanted any attention on herself. Her children were her everything. May you Rest In Peace. You will always be with us.’
Riley, who is Priscilla’s granddaughter also to Instagram to share the news with her followers, writing that ‘she was an incredible woman and mother.’
Her sweet throwback image showed Anna posing with Priscilla – who was married to Elvis from 1967 to 1973 – and James Wagner, Priscilla’s father.
Upset: Priscilla Presley has paid tribute to her mother Anna Lillian Iversen following her death at the age of 95, while Riley Keough has honoured the family matriarch
Riley wrote in the caption: ‘We lost our beautiful Nana this morning. She was an incredible woman and mother. Rest In Peace nana.’
She was flooded with messages of support from fans in the comment section after setting the post live.
The sad news comes a year after Riley lost her brother to suicide. Earlier this month Riley told how she was paralyzed by grief after the news.
She admitted she ‘couldn’t get out of bed’ for months after her brother Benjamin Keough took his own life at the age of 27 in July 2020.
Tribute: Riley, who is Priscilla’s granddaughter, also took to Instagram to share the news with her followers, describing the matriarch as ‘an incredible woman and mother’
She added that she felt ‘totally debilitated’ after his passing and was barely able to function for some time.
She told the New York Times: ‘[It’s been] a year of feeling like I was thrown into the ocean and couldn’t swim. The first four or five months, I couldn’t get out of bed. I was totally debilitated. I couldn’t talk for two weeks.’
The Zola star is still struggling to process her brother’s death because it was such an ‘outrageous’ event.
Tough times: The sad news comes a year after Riley lost her brother to suicide (pictured together)
‘It’s very complicated for our minds to put that somewhere because it’s so outrageous,’ Riley explained.
‘If I’m going through a breakup, I know what to do with that and where to file it in my mind, but suicide of your brother? Where do you put that? How does that integrate? It just doesn’t,’ she observed to NYT’s Kyle Buchanan.
Earlier this month, the Lodge star remembered Benjamin in a heartfelt tribute marking one-year since he took his own life.
‘Today has been a year without you baby brother. I miss you endlessly every day,’ she shared along with a slew of throwback photos of the pair.
Difficult: Earlier this month, the Lodge star remembered Benjamin in a heartfelt tribute marking one-year since he took his own life
Last October, it was revealed that Riley’s brother Benjamin had cocaine and alcohol in his system when he shot himself dead after arguing with his girlfriend at age 27 that summer.
At the time, sources revealed he’d been ‘struggling’ and that his death, while devastating, was not a ‘huge surprise’ to his mother or other relatives.
Since then, Riley has sought support from her friends and family, including husband Ben Smith-Petersen.
‘Couldn’t get out of bed ‘: Earlier this month Riley told how she was paralyzed by grief after the news (pictured in June)