Benjamin Keough, the son of Lisa Marie Presley and grandson of Elvis Presley, has died.
Presley’s rep told The Hollywood Reporter:
“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.”
Keough was the brother of actress Riley Keough and son of musician Danny Keough. (Lisa Marie and Danny divorced in ’94.) His maternal grandmother is Priscilla Presley.
Benjamin Keough at one point tried to follow in his famous grandfather’s footsteps, reportedly signing a $5 million record deal with Universal in 2009 to record up to five albums.
In 2013, Lisa Marie told the Huffington Post,
“He’s doing his own thing right now. I’m going to let him decide when he wants to go out and do what he wants to do.”
Keough also has twin sisters, Finley and Harper Lockwood, 11, whose father is Lisa Marie Presley’s ex-husband Michael Lockwood.
Ben reportedly inspired his mother’s 2012 song Storm & Grace (his middle name is Storm). The song’s lyrics include:
“You have the most beautiful heart/That I’ve ever known/It kills me you can’t ever show it/And a shell has been grown.”
Lisa Marie also posted a family photo in June 2019 with all her children, with the caption:
“Mama Lion with cubs.”
Benjamin Keough was 27.
Mama Lion with cubs ❤️💙🖤🧡🦁😘 pic.twitter.com/UiYoceWHWN— Lisa Marie Presley (@LisaPresley) June 20, 2019
Update: TMZ is reporting that Keough took his own life via self-inflicted shotgun wound.
(Photo, Avalon; via THR)