People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) bosses have celebrated Lisa Marie Presley’s commitment to animal rights following her death.
PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange honored Lisa Marie’s legacy as “a friend of animals” in a statement Thursday, recalling how the singer/songwriter helped free a chimpanzee named after her and housed two dogs during the Covid-19 pandemic. 19 pandemic.
“Lisa Marie Presley was not only a talented singer-songwriter, loving wife and mother, but also an animal lover,” said Lange. After learning that an Elvis impersonator had named a chimpanzee after her and was exploiting her for profit, she successfully teamed up with PETA to secure her namesake’s release to a shelter. And she didn’t stop there.
“At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, when shelters desperately needed foster homes, Lisa Marie and her twin daughters set a great example by opening their home and heart to two dogs. Although the Lights Out singer has passed away, vision for animals will continue to inspire all of us at PETA.”
On Thursday morning, 54-year-old Lisa Marie was rushed to the hospital after suffering cardiac arrest at her home in Calabasas, California.
Her family announced the sad news of her passing later that day.
“It is with a heavy heart that I must share the terrible news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us,” her mother, Priscilla Presley, wrote in a statement. “She was the most passionate, strong and loving woman I have ever known.”
In addition to her mother, Lisa Marie is survived by her three daughters; Riley, 33, and 14-year-old twins Harper and Finley.