In the wake of the tragic news, The Bodyguard actress — who was romantically linked to Elvis Presley from 1972 to 1976 — took a moment to reflect on some of her most cherished memories with Lisa Marie, including one from when the "Burning Love" singer's daughter was only 9-years-old.
"I will always be profoundly grateful to the little 9-year-old Lisa Marie, who had the presence of mind to call me from Graceland the fateful day her daddy died to give me the news," she shared in a recent interview. "I was the first person she called. To me, that spoke volumes of how close we were, and how sure she was of my love for her daddy."
"In fact, if there is any solace to be found now, it’s in my knowing that Lisa Marie was sure I loved her and her daddy without reservation and without any agenda," she added.
Linda noted that the pair had "kept in touch" on and off over the years and that she'd been "so happy" to see the 54-year-old last week at Graceland to celebrate what would have been the King of Rock and Roll's 88th birthday.
"She seemed to be on a more positive trajectory emotionally after the unfathomable loss of her beloved son," she continued, referring to Lisa Marie's late 27-year-old son, Benjamin Keough, who died by self-inflicted gunshot wound in 2020.
She also pointed out how much the mother-of-four reminded her of Elvis, from her "soulful eyes" and "pouty lips" to his "irreverent sense of humor."
"She was a beautiful contradiction like Elvis … complicated in her simplicity," Thompson noted. "She was brutally honest, straightforward, loving and loyal. I don’t think there was a phony cell in her body. I believe she lived her life authentically."
Thompson spoke with People on her memories of Lisa Marie.