On July 12 the son of Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough, and grandson to Elvis and Priscilla Presley, passed away at age 27 due to a self-inflicted gunshot. After an autopsy report, the manner of Keough’s death was ruled a suicide.
Priscilla explains how the family is dealing with the tragic loss. She writes, “These are some of the darkest days of my family’s life. The shock of losing Ben has been devastating. Trying to put all the pieces together of all the possible whys has penetrated my soul. Each day I wake up I pray it will get better,” Presley continues, “Then, I think of my daughter and the pain she is going through as she was a doting mother. Ben’s father, Danny, who is completely lost, as Ben was his only son.”
While touching upon the well-being of her daughter and Benjamin’s father, Lisa Marie and Dany Keough, Priscilla also notes that she is keeping Benjamin’s sister, Riley Keough, in her thoughts as well. “Riley, so loving and so close to him,” shares Priscilla.
At the end of her post Presley writes a final thought for Benjamin and says, “Rest In Peace Ben, you were loved.”
When the news of Benjamin’s devastating death became public, Lisa Marie’s team released a statement with E! News saying, “She is completely heartbroken, inconsolable and beyond devastated but trying to stay strong for her 11-year-old twins and her oldest daughter Riley [Keough]. She adored that boy. He was the love of her life.”
On Instagram, Riley paid tribute to her “baby brother” and writes, “Mornings are the hardest. I forget you're gone. I can't cry because of the fear that I will never stop. A pain that’s new to me. You. There are no words for you. Angel is the closest I could think of.”
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