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Lisa Marie Presley’s half-brother Navarone Garibaldi reflects on his ‘surreal’ death

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Lisa Marie Presley’s half-brother Navarone Garibaldi has opened up about her “surreal” death in a moving new interview released on the star’s 55th birthday on Wednesday.

Garibaldi 35 – who is the son of Priscilla Presley, 77, and her former partner and ex, producer Marco Garibaldi – 68, also praised Lisa Marie’s daughter Riley Keough, 33, for cared for her twin sisters, Harper and Finley, 14 in an interview with People.

The interview comes 20 days after Presley tragically died on January 12 at the age of 54, after she went into cardiac arrest at home and had to be rushed to hospital after CPR .

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He said of his shock passing: ‘It’s still so surreal’ before adding he wanted to do the interview because ‘people know me but they don’t know me’ – days after attending at a memorial for Presley at Graceland on January 22.

Garibaldi also said he and Presley had separated in the years leading up to his death.

Devastating: Lisa Marie Presley's half-brother Navarone Garibaldi reflected on her death
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Devastating: Lisa Marie Presley’s half-brother Navarone Garibaldi reflected on her ‘surreal’ death in a moving new interview released Wednesday on the star’s 55th birthday (pictured with mother Priscilla Presley in 2015)

The interview also comes Priscilla takes issue with a 2016 revision to her will that removed her and Lisa’s former business manager Barry Siegel as managers of her trust and replaced them with Riley.

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While Garibaldi didn’t comment on the legal ruling, he did reveal he was close to Riley, saying, “Riley’s been so good with the twins.”

Presley shared Harper and Finley with ex-husband Michael Lockwood, with whom she was embroiled in an acrimonious custody battle.

Garibaldi also reflected on his own struggles with drug addiction – after it emerged Presley was ‘back on opioids and weight loss drugs’ before his tragic death.

He said he started using heroin as a teenager before becoming addicted to fentanyl.

He said; “I felt like I was on heroin, but it turned out to be fentanyl. It was a whole different beast. I got so addicted that I needed it every 45 minutes.

He abstained in 2020 so he could visit his wife Elisa in Switzerland and said he spent a month detox “and in the fetal position” at Priscilla’s.

Last month, Garibaldi took to Instagram with a childhood image of himself while hanging out with his sister.

Tragic loss: The interview comes 20 days after Presley tragically died on January 12 at age 54, after she suffered cardiac arrest at home and had to be rushed to hospital after CPR ( photo from January 10)

Tragic loss: The interview comes 20 days after Presley tragically died on January 12 at age 54, after she suffered cardiac arrest at home and had to be rushed to hospital after CPR ( photo from January 10)

Damning court documents pit Priscilla (left) against her granddaughter Riley Keough (right) claiming she was kicked out as a trustee and an 'inconsistent signature' from her daughter Lisa Marie (centre ) had been used

Damning court documents pit Priscilla (left) against her granddaughter Riley Keough (right) claiming she was kicked out as a trustee and an ‘inconsistent signature’ from her daughter Lisa Marie (centre ) had been used

He made reference to Lisa Marie’s late father, Elvis Presley, who died in 1977 when she was nine; and his late son Benjamin Keough, who died by suicide in July 2020 at the age of 27.

“Big sister…I hope you are now at peace and happy with your father and son by your side,” Garibaldi said. “I know the past two years haven’t been easy for you, and I wish things were different between us… no matter what, you’re my sister and I send love and prayers for your journey home.

He concluded by saying: ‘I still can’t believe it, I’m at a loss for words. I love you sis. Beijing.’

Garibaldi paid tribute to his late half-sister a day after his mother confirmed in a statement that the singer-songwriter had died after being rushed to hospital following what the it was thought to be cardiac arrest.

“It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us,” Priscilla told People in a statement. “She was the most passionate, strong and loving woman I have ever known.

“We ask for confidentiality as we try to come to terms with this profound loss. Thanks for the love and prayers. At this time, there will be no further comment.

Daughters: Garibaldi, 35 - also praised Lisa Marie's daughter, Riley Keough, 33, for taking care of her twin sisters, Harper and Finley, 14 (pictured) in an interview with People

Daughters: Garibaldi, 35 – also praised Lisa Marie’s daughter, Riley Keough, 33, for taking care of her twin sisters, Harper and Finley, 14 (pictured) in an interview with People

Message: Navarone helps memorial to his late sister a day after she died at 54 in an Instagram post last month

Message: Navarone helps memorial to his late sister a day after she died at 54 in an Instagram post last month

Lisa Marie’s last public appearance at the Golden Globes was two days before her death, where she attended the support for Baz Luhrmann’s film Elvis.

It comes after family sources claimed Lisa Marie Presley was trying to lose weight for Elvis Awards season and was even taking opioids in the weeks before her death.

The star underwent plastic surgery two months before the Golden Globes and lost up to 50 pounds on a strict diet, insiders told TMZ.

At the awards show days before his sudden death from cardiac arrest at his California home, the star was seen scrambling and appearing unsteady on the red carpet.

In the clip, she turned to her friend Jerry Schilling, 80, and said “I’m going to grab your arm” as she was asked questions before the event by extra host Billy Bush.

She appeared to speak slowly and garbled her words while talking about the film’s star, Austin Butler, storms and flooding in Southern California.

Lisa Marie had previously battled opioid addiction after being given a short-term prescription while recovering from the birth of her twin daughters, Harper Vivienne and Finley in 2008.

In 2013, she used a lot of cocaine and went to rehab at least five times.

Lisa Marie was pictured at the Golden Globes at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, two days before her death at 54

Lisa Marie was pictured at the Golden Globes at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, two days before her death at 54

Opioid overdoses are known to trigger cardiac arrest, and after a long period of abstinence from addiction, the body’s tolerance to drugs will be much lower.

Meanwhile, damning court documents have pitted Priscilla against her granddaughter Riley, claiming she was evicted as a trustee and an “inconsistent signature” from her daughter Lisa Marie was used.

Priscilla has filed legal documents to overturn a 2010 amendment to Lisa Marie’s trust that eliminates her and her daughter’s former business manager, Barry Siegel, as trustees and replaced them with her grandchildren Riley and the late Ben Keough.

Ben Keough committed suicide in 2020, which would leave Riley sole trustee of Lisa Marie’s estate, but Priscilla hopes to make this amendment invalid.

Priscilla has questioned the validity and authenticity of the amendment, claiming it was never delivered to her, the date on the document is suspect, the document misspells Priscilla’s name and Lisa Marie’s signature” seems incompatible with his usual and customary signature”.

Lisa Marie would have wanted her children to have access to her trust and wanted her eldest daughter Riley Keough to manage her, claims a close friend.

“Lisa’s intent was very clear,” the friend said, speaking to People on Monday. ‘Lisa really didn’t feel that [mother] Priscilla Presley was doing anything in her best interest.

DailyMail.com has contacted representatives for Riley Keough and Priscilla Presley.

She posed with her mother Priscilla Presley and Elvis star Austin Butler at the event

She posed with her mother Priscilla Presley and Elvis star Austin Butler at the event

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