Lisa Marie Presley‘s son Benjamin Keough died on July 12 at the age of 27. Per TMZ, authorities reported that his death was caused by an apparent suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was in Calabasas, California at the time of his passing. Keough was the brother of actress Riley Keough and grandson of rock and roll legend Elvis Presley.
Lisa Marie Presley posts infrequently on social media, but one of her most recent Instagram posts was a black and white photo shared in 2019, featuring Benjamin and her other children. When Presley posted the photo, it quickly went viral as fans noticed the physical resemblance between Keough and his uber-famous grandfather, music icon Elvis Presley. In addition to his older sister Riley, Benjamin had two younger sisters, twins Harper and Finley Lockwood; the photo was taken at a family birthday party for Riley’s 30th birthday.
Presley’s manager Roger Widynowski made a statement to TMZ confirming Keough’s passing on her behalf. He said, “She is completely heartbroken, inconsolable and beyond devastated but trying to stay strong for her 11 year old twins and her oldest daughter Riley. She adored that boy. He was the love of her life.”
Benjamin Keough Had Plans to Pursue a Music Career
In his teenage years, Keough seemed to be following in his musical family’s footsteps. In 2009, The Daily Telegraph reported that Keough (who went by “Presley” as an artist at the time) signed a $5 million, 5-album deal with Universal. Of the music he intended to make, he said, “The music will be nothing like Elvis, nothing like him at all.”
According to an Instagram “throwback” shared by Presley, she and Keough performed her song “Storm & Grace” together for Good Morning America in 2012. Keough, whose middle name was Storm, was the inspiration behind the song.
Keough’s Father Is Danny Keough, & His Mother Presley Was Briefly Married to Michael Jackson
Benjamin and Riley Keough are Presley’s two children from her first marriage to Danny Keough. 3 weeks after Presley and Keough’s divorce, she married Michael Jackson.
Riley Keough, who lives a much more public life than her late brother, commented on the juxtaposition of the two different lifestyles they experienced when they were growing up. In an interview with The Guardian, she revealed, “I grew up very privileged with my mother. But my dad didn’t live like that. And I think experiencing both sides has been helpful. My father had mattresses on the floor of his apartments. He lived in cabins and trailer parks. He just didn’t have much money… Actually, my memories of growing up with him were so colourful and eccentric and fun. It was a good vibe, you know? When I was like eight I told him, ‘I want to grow up and be poor like you!’ He was eating a bowl of cereal. I didn’t realise how wildly offensive that was!”
As news spread of her younger brother’s passing, Riley Keough stayed quiet on Instagram. At the time of publication, her last activity on Instagram was an Instagram story from the night before, which commented on racism in the US and “performative activism.”