Benjamin Keough was the only son of Lisa Marie Presley, who closely resembled his famous grandfather, Elvis Presley.
Keough died of suicide on July 12, 2020, TMZ reported, and judging by her many writings on the subject, left his mother devastated.
Presley died on July 12, 2023, her mother, Priscilla Presley, confirmed in a statement to the Associated Press. She had gone into complete cardiac arrest at her home in California and Keough’s father, Danny Keough, performed CPR on her, TMZ reported.
Presley is survived by three other daughters: Riley Keough, who is her daughter with Danny Keough, and Finley and Harper, her children with her last husband, Michael Lockwood.
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When Keough died at age 27, Roger Widynowski, Presley’s rep, told People magazine she was “beyond devastated.”
“She is completely heartbroken, heartbroken and devastated but trying to stay strong for her 11-year-old twins and eldest daughter Riley,” Widynowski told People. “She idolized that boy. He was the love of her life.”
According to TMZ, Keough died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the mouth.
Presley’s last Facebook post was part of a People Magazine essay she wrote about Keough’s death. “Hi. In honor of National Grief Awareness Day, I wrote an essay on grief that was published today on People. I also wanted to post it here,” she wrote on Facebook Status in August 2020.
“Death is part of life, whether we like it or not – and so is grief,” says the essay.
“There is so much to learn and understand on this subject, but so far this is what I know: one thing is that grief in no way stops or goes away a year or years after the loss. Grief is something you have to carry with you for the rest of your life, regardless of what certain people or our culture would have us believe. You “can’t get over it”, you “don’t move on”, period.
She wrote in the essay:
“Ben looks a lot like Elvis. He was at the Opry and he was the silent storm backstage,” she said, according to TMZ.
“Everyone turned and looked when he was over there. Everyone grabbed him for a picture because it’s just spooky.”
Presley shared a birthday photo of her son on her Instagram page in October 2020 and wrote:
Presley wrote a song “Storm and Grace” about Keough, TMZ reported. Her son’s middle name was Storm.
“You are the most beautiful man I have ever known,” the lyrics read. “Too much to offer and too much tied to the bone.”
The song continues: “My heart can’t seem to take it. Your storm and your mercy.”
In a Facebook post, she wrote of her four children: “Mama Lion with Cubs 💛💚💙💜🦁😃”
Presley wrote frequently about Keough on social media. She shared in a Facebook post that they had matching tattoos.
“A few years ago, on Mother’s Day, my son and I got these matching tattoos on our feet. It is a Celtic eternity knot. Symbolizes that we will be connected forever. We have carefully chosen it to represent our everlasting love and connection. 💔😞,” she wrote.