Benjamin Keough, Lisa Marie Presley‘s only son, passed away on July 12 at the age of 27. TMZ was the first to publish the news of his death, reporting, “Ben appears to have died Sunday in Calabasas from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.” TMZ later updated its report to indicate that Benjamin’s death was classified as a suicide.
After news of Benjamin’s death went 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 and his elder sister, Riley, were born to Lisa Marie and her first husband, Danny Keough. Lisa Marie also shares 11-year-old twin daughters Harper and Finley with her ex-husband Michael Lockwood.
Riley and Benjamin were only four years apart in age, and were extremely close. After Benjamin died, Riley wrote a tribute to him on Instagram and included a slideshow of photos.
“I can’t believe you’ve left me,” Riley 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.
Riley continued to honor Benjamin by sharing old videos and photos of him on her Instagram Story. She has since archived those memories on her profile under the label “Ben Ben.”
More recently, Riley dedicated another post to her little brother. This time, she shared an old photo of the two of them as children.
The picture shows Riley dressed in a fluffy white dress with a matching bow in her hair and a book in her hands. Young Benjamin sat next to her, with his curly blond hair nearly touching his shoulders.
Riley kept the caption simple, writing, “Love of my life” along with a star emoji. You can see her sweet post and throwback picture below.
Watch the below video to remember Benjamin during happier times when he appeared with his family at Elvis’ 80th birthday party in 2015.
Our hearts remain with Riley, Lisa Marie, Harper, Finley, Danny, and all who loved Benjamin. May he rest in peace.
If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.