Benjamin Keough, Elvis Presley's grandson, commits suicide at 27: Heartbroken fans say it's painful to be human
Benjamin Keough, the grandson of Elvis Presley and son of Lisa Marie Presley and musician Danny Keough, has died at 27, according to TMZ. The reports also suggest that the cause of his death was a "self-inflicted gunshot wound" in Calabasas, California, on Sunday, July 12. Lisa’s manager confirmed the tragic news in a statement.
Lisa's manager Roger Widynowski told TMZ, "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." No other details regarding his demise have been revealed or reported.
Benjamin maintained a low profile despite hailing from a family of renowned talents, including his sister Riley Keough, who is known for featuring in a series of films including, ‘The Lodge’, ‘Under the Silver Lake’, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ and ‘American Honey’. However, his close resemblance with Elvis was always talked about. The last time Lisa spoke to Huffington Post, she reportedly said that Benjamin was “doing his own thing”.
On hearing the disheartening news, fans and internet users rushed to Twitter to send their prayers to Benjamin’s family. One user tweeted, “Noooooooo! Lisa Marie Presley has struggled enough already! This is just... no words! I pray for her. Deeply! May this tragedy not derail her sobriety or her life! So awful!” Another said, “I was so gutted to hear the news of Benjamin Keough's passing. Please, if you need support, contact @LifelineAust or a similar service in your area. Or just reach out to a trusted friend or family member. Rest in peace, Ben.” One internet user tweeted, “It truly is painful to be human at times. God bless Benjamin Keough’s soul. Thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Meanwhile, many users are seen talking about Benjamin’s apparent suicide and urging one another to seek help owing to struggles with mental illnesses. One user wrote, “Lisa Marie Presley is old enough to have 30-year-old kids? Wow time flies. #RIPBenjaminKeough. I'm so sorry to read of her son's suicide. Are more people committing suicide? #MentalHealthAwareness."