Lisa Marie Presley’s only son, Benjamin Keough, passed away on July 12 at the age of 27.
TMZ was the first report the news of his death, writing, “Ben appears to have died Sunday in Calabasas from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.” They later updated the report to indicate that Benjamin’s death was classified as a suicide.
After his death became public, Lisa Marie’s rep, Roger Widynowski, provided a statement on her behalf:
“She is completely heartbroken, inconsolable and beyond devastated but trying to stay strong for her 11-year-old twins and her oldest daughter Riley,” Roger said. “She adored that boy. He was the love of her life.”
Benjamin wasn’t only the love of Lisa Marie’s life, he was also the love of his older sister Riley Keough’s life, as she wrote on Instagram on August 7.
Riley and Benjamin were only four years apart and were the closest of friends. After Benjamin died, Riley wrote a tribute to him on Instagram and included a series of photos.
“I can’t believe you’ve left me,” she wrote. “Not you sweet Ben Ben. Anyone but you. I guess this is true heartbreak. I hope we meet again.”
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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. Pure light. Baby brother. Best friend. Wild man. Intellectual. Witness to my life. Twin soul. Protector. Too sensitive for this harsh world. I hope you give me strength to endure the giant hole you’ve left in my heart. I hope you give me the strength to eat. I hope you’re cradled in love. I hope you feel my love. I hope you feel god. You are god. I can’t believe you’ve left me. Not you sweet Ben Ben. Anyone but you. I guess this is true heartbreak. I hope we meet again.
A little over a month since his passing, Riley honored her brother once again on social media with two photos on her Instagram Story. The first photo she shared was of the pair of siblings posing for a photo with a bright blue sky in the background.
The second was a selfie of Benjamin and she wrote, “Angel” on the photo.
Watch the below video to remember Benjamin during happier times when he appeared with his family at Elvis’ 80th birthday party in 2015.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Lisa Marie, Riley, his dad Danny, grandmother Priscilla, Benjamin’s other sisters Harper and Finley, and all who loved him.
If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.