Lisa Marie Presley’s son and Elvis Presley’s grandson, Benjamin Keough, has passed away at just 27-years-old. Keough died from an apparent suicide.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that he died in Calabasas on Sunday (July 12) from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Lisa Marie Presley’s Statement
“She is completely heartbroken, inconsolable and beyond devastated but trying to stay strong for her 11-year-old twins and her oldest daughter Riley,” Lisa Marie’s manager, Roger Widynowski, told TMZ. “She adored that boy. He was the love of her life.”
“He loves to be part of it [music and touring],” Lisa Marie told the Huffington Post in 2013 of her son. “He loves touring. It’s on his time frame. Always. Then when he’s ready to see me, he’ll come. It ebbs and flows, but they are very supportive. They just have pressing matters now with their own lives.”
“He does [look so much like Elvis]! He was at the Opry and was the quiet storm behind the stage,” Lisa Marie told CMT of the similarities between him and her father. “Everybody turned around and looked when he was over there. Everybody was grabbing him for a photo because it is just uncanny. Sometimes I am overwhelmed when I look at him.”
Lisa Marie married singer-songwriter, Danny Keough, on October 3, 1988. They had two children together, Benjamin and his sister, actress Riley Keough. Lisa Marie and Danny later divorced on May 6, 1994.
Lisa Marie married Michael Jackson in 1996 and then Nicolas Cage in 2002. Finally, she married Michael Lockwood and gave birth to their twin girls in 2008, Finley and Harper. She is allegedly in a custody battle over the twins’ custody.
Benjamin stayed out of the limelight for most of his life. He signed an especially giant record deal with Universal for $5 million in 2009. He was working on breaking into the acting and music industries before he passed. He said that his music would be nothing like Elvis’, in an interview with The Sun. “Will be nothing like Elvis, nothing like him at all,” he said.
Aside from his up and coming music career, he did not attend many pubic appearances or media events. However, he did appear in the Elvis by the Presleys documentary in 2015. In addition, one of the last times he was photographed in public was at Graceland in 2017 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ death.