Remembering Benjamin. After Benjamin Keough — the late son of Lisa Marie Presley — tragically died by suicide at the age of 27, the Presley family has been candid about navigating their loss.
“[Lisa Marie] is entirely heartbroken, inconsolable and beyond devastated but trying to stay strong for her 11-year-old twins and her oldest daughter Riley,” the songwriter’s rep, Roger Widynowski?, told Us Weekly in a statement in July 2020, confirming Benjamin’s death. “She adored that boy. He was the love of her life.”
The mother and father of the late musician, who died from a self inflicted gunshot injury, are now his survivors Danny KeoughSister Riley Keoughand younger sisters Harper & Finley. (Lisa Marie welcomed Riley and Benjamin to their home in 1992 and 1993, respectively. Lisa Marie and ex husband Michael LockwoodTheir twins were later adopted in 2008.
Benjamin Presley was the only grandchild of Elvis Presley (who passed away in 1977) as well as his ex-wife. Priscilla Presley. The ex-couple, who split in 1972 and had three grandchildren from Lisa Marie.
“I see a little of [Elvis in Benjamin], but you know, Ben very much is his own person,” the Dallas An alum has previously spoken Use September 2019 – Her grandson. “He strives for that so we don’t make a really big deal about it. There’s a resemblance, but we just let him be Ben, which I think is beautiful so that he can find out what he wants to do and be who he is.”
Since Benjamin’s death, his family has been candid about their grieving process.
“Mornings are the hardest. I forget you’re gone. I can’t cry because of the fear that I will never stop. A pain that’s new to me,” Riley, Benjamin’s older sister, wrote via Instagram shortly after her sibling’s death was announced. “You. There are no words. Angel is the closest that I could think of. Pure light. Brother baby. Best friend. Wild man. Intellectual. Witness to my existence. Twin soul. Protector.”
The Presleys continue to honor Benjamin’s memory many years later than they lost him.
“I am now living what it’s like to be that same representative to other parents,” Lisa Marie wrote in an essay for PeopleThis article was published in August 2022. “Obviously, no parent chooses this road, and thankfully not all parents will have to become a victim to it — and I do mean VICTIM here.”
She added at the time: “I’ve dealt with death, grief and loss since the age of 9 years old. I’ve had more than anyone’s fair share of it in my lifetime and somehow, I’ve made it this far. But this one, the loss of my beautiful, beautiful son? The most beautiful and amazing being I have ever had the honor of knowing, who made it so special to be his mother every day. Who was so much like his grandfather that he scared me? Which made me worry about him more than I would normally. No. Just no.”
Scroll below for more of the Presley family’s most heartbreaking quotes about losing Benjamin: