Elvis Presley’s Granddaughter Riley Keough Pens Touching Farewell to Mick Rock After Icon’s Death

by Kati Kuuseoks

Earlier today, a statement was made on Mick Rock’s official Twitter account breaking news of his passing. It began with: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share our beloved psychedelic renegade Mick Rock has made the Jungian journey to the other side.” He leaves behind a lasting legacy in the world of music photography with work capturing David Bowie, The Sex Pistols, Queen, etc. Several musicians have already taken to posting their own tributes to “The Man Who Shot the Seventies.” Ozzy Osbourne, for example, called it “heartbreaking” to lose such a “rock star.” Another life he touched? Elvis Presley’s granddaughter, Riley Keough.

Riley took to Instagram with a tribute of her own to the late Mick Rock. She tells the “wonderful soul” to rest in peace and then pens him a touching farewell. It reads as follows:

“I feel honored that I spent time with you here, honored to have been photographed by you. Thank you for always letting me smoke cigarettes indoors as a teenager, I really appreciated that. I hope you are in rock n roll heaven.”

Growing Up With Famous Grandparents

Riley Keough doesn’t really talk about her connection to Elvis that much nowadays, because she’s too busy trying to make a name for herself on her own terms. In the past, she also admitted she never really puts on his music despite being his granddaughter. That might sound bad, but she says that listening to his music is still an emotional experience for her entire family.

Riley Keough On Her Growing Music Identity

Growing up, there must have been a lot of pressure to turn to music but it’s actually not something that Riley Keough explored much growing up. She previously told Jimmy Fallon that “I grew up singing quietly with other people when there was a guitar around, but I never have really tried to sing.”

But fans know that changed with a little project called “Daisy Jones & The Six” where she plays a member in a fictitious “Fleetwood” style band. She previously said of the project:

“I’m still practicing my guitar. I don’t have any history of singing and playing the guitar at all, so I was like, ‘I don’t know if this is for me, but let’s try!’ I’m doing the best I can and the showrunners seem to think it’s working, so I trust them. It’s something very different for me and so fun.”

In one interview, she also teased finding out that she has a “country voice.” Now wouldn’t that be something? A future CMA Awards Show with Riley Keough up for an award? I’m here for it.