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Benjamin Keough, Son of Lisa Marie Presley & Grandson of Elvis Has Died By Suicide

On July 12th, Benjamin Keough—son of Lisa Marie Pressley and her ex-husband Danny Keough—died as a result of suicide at Lisa’s home in Calabasas, California. The 27-year-old’s tragic death was first reported by TMZ on Sunday, citing confirmation by a rep for the L.A. County Medical Examiner.

Roger Widynowski, manager for Lisa Marie’s Manager, confirmed Benjamin’s death in a statement to Associated Press:

“She is completely heartbroken, inconsolable and beyond devastated but trying to stay strong for her 11-year-old twins and her oldest daughter Riley,” Widynowski said. “She adored that boy. He was the love of her life.” – R. W

The family has not released any statements since Widynowski’s confirmation of Benjamins Death. Since learning the news, fans, friends, and other celebs have taken to social media to express their shared grief and offer support to Lisa Marie and her family.

 Known for his striking resemblance to his grandfather, Elvis Presley, Benjamin was Lisa Marie’s only son. His older sister, Riley, has pursued a successful career in acting. Benjamin, however, has mostly stayed out of the spotlight over the years. In 2009, it was announced that Benjamin signed a 5-million-dollar record deal with Universal, but no albums were released.  In a social media post from 2015, Benjamin shared that he’d purchased Elvis’s peacock jumpsuit from a collector and that having it made him feel closer to his grandfather.

Brandon Howard, son of acclaimed R&B singer Miki Howard and life-long friend of Benjamin Keough, opened up to People Magazine about his friendship with Benjamin. In the interview, Howard discussed the pressure of trying to “live up” to a famous family name and how that pressure contributed to Benjamin’s ongoing struggles with depression.

“It’s a tough thing when you have a lot of pressure with your family and living up to a name and an image. It’s a lot of pressure. It’s almost like you’re pressured into having to be a musician, having to be an actor” – B. Howard

Benjamin is the latest victim of a growing trend in mental health…the alarming and ever-rising and incredibly alarming rate of suicides among young men.

 It’s unclear the role that the stress of being a “Presley,” a recent break-up, or even COVID-19 isolation may have played in Benjamin’s decision to take his life. There are conflicting reports from different media outlets regarding the events of that evening. Out of respect for Benjamin’s family, I’m not going to expand on those rumors. I will update this article with additional information if and when the family releases it.

Update: Riley Keough posted a heartfelt tribute to her brother Benjamin yesterday on Instagram. In the post, the actress expressed the heartache she feels now that her little brother is gone:  “Mornings are the hardest. I forget you’re gone. I can’t cry because of the fear that I will never stop”



Benjamin Keough, Son of Lisa Marie Presley & Grandson of Elvis Has Died By Suicide

Quay Bowen

Ex Foster youth and homeless Y2K street teen turned neurotic neuroscience graduate with a lot to say about all those experiences. Mother, WOC, Emory Grad, Intersectional Feminist. Advocate for foster kids, homeless teens, and the historically disenfranchised. Lover of film and television and an avid proponent in the use of media as a platform for social change. Burrito Connoisseur. Twitter @Quayz180 Facebook: @TheQuayz180

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Bowen, Q. (2020). Benjamin Keough, Son of Lisa Marie Presley & Grandson of Elvis Has Died By Suicide. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 20, 2020, from


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