Benjamin Keough Dead, Lisa Marie Presley’s Son Dies By Suicide At 27

The only grandson of the late King of Rock 'n' Roll passed away in California.

Lisa Marie Presley poses at the Wonderwall portrait studio
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The only grandson of the late King of Rock 'n' Roll passed away in California.

Benjamin Keough has died. The son of Lisa Marie Presley, and the grandson of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, has reportedly died by suicide, according to TMZ. He was 27.

Law enforcement sources told the outlet that Benjamin, the only son of Lisa Marie and her ex-husband, Danny Keough, died in Calabasas from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was the brother of actress and model Riley Keough, and the half-brother of Lisa Marie’s 11-year-old twin daughters, Finley and Harper Lockwood.

Lisa Marie’s manager, Roger Widynowski, confirmed Benjamin’s death in a statement, per the Chicago Sun-Times.

“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 Was A Musician Like His Parents And Famous Grandfather, Elvis Presley

American popular singer and film star Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977), to his fans the undisputed 'King of Rock 'n' Roll'.
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Fans of the Presley family have always thought that Benjamin looked like his late grandfather, who died in 1977. The King’s grandson even shared his love for music.

As far back as 2009, when he was still a teen, The Daily Mail reported that Benjamin signed a $5 million record deal with Universal. But the aspiring musician never planned to follow his iconic grandfather’s musical style.

“The music will be nothing like Elvis, nothing like him at all,” he reportedly said.

Benjamin’s mom, Lisa Marie, also has a career in music and has released several albums, and his father Danny, whom she divorced in 1994, is also a musician, so it’s no surprise that Benjamin had musical talent.


Lisa Marie’s Only Son Was Close To His Family

Lisa Marie Presley spends an afternoon with her fiance musician John Oszajca and her children Riley and Benjamin
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While he kept a low profile in public, Benjamin shared a close bond with his mother and sisters. In 2009, he and his mother even got matching tattoos.

“It is a Celtic eternity knot,” Lisa Marie wrote on Twitter, which can be seen here. “Ben (my son) and I got it together in the same place on Mother’s Day 3 years ago.”

One of the last times Benjamin was seen in public with his family was during a 2017 vigil at Graceland to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ death.


Condolences Are Pouring In For The Keough And Presley Families Following Benjamin’s Death

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In June, Lisa Marie shared a touching family photo that captured her close bond with all four of her kids. In the black-and-white photo posted to her social media page, the “mama lion” posed with her “cubs” while out at a restaurant. Benjamin leaned his head on sister Riley’s shoulder as he stood behind one of his little sisters for the rare family snap. Benjamin’s resemblance to Elvis was very apparent in the photo.

In the comments to Lisa Marie’s Instagram post of her children, followers circled back to offer their condolences on her only son’s tragic death.

“So sorry for the sad loss of Ben. Sending prayers to all the family,” one follower wrote.

“Sending you so much love for this heartbreaking news,” another added.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Presley family. I can’t imagine the pain you’re all going through right now. Rest in peace Benjamin,” wrote another commenter.


If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741. For readers outside the U.S., visit Suicide.org or Befrienders Worldwide for international resources you can use to find help.