The death anniversaries of loved ones are so difficult. Now imagine the heartbreak Riley Keough is feeling one year after her kid brother took his own life.
Riley Keough, Elvis Presley’s granddaughter, posted about her brother, Ben Keough, Monday afternoon. She found a photo of the two of them as kids. In it, they were carefree and smiling. The happy pair wore matching denim overalls and were holding hands on a flower-covered swing. Ben was looking right at his big sister. They could’ve been any other set of kids spending a delightful day on the playground.
Riley Keough wrote: “Today has been a year without you baby brother. I miss you endlessly every day.”
The Presley family has endured much sadness. Elvis died young at age 42. He suffered a heart attack likely brought on by his addiction to prescription drugs. The grandson he never knew, who looked just like his granddad, also had problems with substance abuse.
A year ago today, Ben Keough was at his girlfriend’s home attending a party to celebrate her birthday. Ben went into the bathroom, locked the door and shot himself. His autopsy report stated that he had alcohol and cocaine in his system. It also said that Elvis’ grandson suffered from depression and had attempted suicide about six months before.
Death is so tough for any family, but the emotions of mourning for a loved one so young can be overwhelming. Ben Keough was only 27. His friends said that he felt pressure at being in the talented Presley family.
Ben’s Death Rocked Riley Keough and Family
Riley Keough, 32, is the oldest of Lisa Marie Presley’s four children. She also has twin sisters who are 12.
She acknowledged in an interview with InStyle magazine how tough of a year it’s been for the family.
“I’m really consciously trying to be present, and not use anything as any kind of escape, and be cognizant of when I’m doing that,” Riley Keough said.
“I’m just generally trying to be grateful for everything at the moment, trying to operate in love, and keep my heart open, and give and receive love,” she said. “And not in a woo-woo way, because I definitely have hard days, and all kinds of pain and suffering and all that.
“But I think when you realize that’s part of it, and your expectation isn’t to just be feeling joy, that’s been a real shift for me in finding those moments and things to smile about.”
Riley Keough could definitely find joy in the photo she shared of that sweet moment on the swings with her little brother.
Another person in the music business responded to the Riley Keough post. She felt the familiar ache, too. Bailey Cypher Etheridge is the daughter of singer Melissa Etheridge. Her brother Bailey died of an overdose.
She wrote to Riley Keough: “Sending you so much love. Our angels are looking out for us.”