Death in Hollywood: Elvis’ Grandson, Benjamin Keough, Dies at 27

Lisa Marie Presley’s Son, Benjamin Keough, Dies at 27


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Ben Keough (center) is flanked by Lisa Marie Presley (right) and Presley’s now ex-husband Michael Lockwood (left) at a movie premiere in 2010.

Benjamin Keough, the son of Lisa Marie Presley and grandson of Elvis Presley, has died. He was 27.

Presley’s rep said: “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.”

TMZ reported that Keough died Sunday in Calabasas, California from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Keough also was the brother of actress Riley Keough and son of musician Danny Keough. (Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough divorced in 1994.) His maternal grandmother is Priscilla Presley.

Benjamin Keough had tried to follow in his famous grandfather’s footsteps, signing a lucrative record deal with Universal in 2009 to record up to five albums. It’s unclear what came of that deal, but no albums were released.


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Lisa Marie Presley and Benjamin Keough in 2012

In 2013, Lisa Marie Presley told the Huffington Post: “He’s doing his own thing right now,” she said. “I’m going to let him decide when he wants to go out and do what he wants to do.”

Keough also has twin sisters, Finley and Harper Lockwood, 11, whose father is Lisa Marie Presley’s ex-husband Michael Lockwood.

Ben reportedly inspired his mother’s 2012 song Storm & Grace (his middle name is Storm). The song’s lyrics include: “You have the most beautiful heart/That I’ve ever known/It kills me you can’t ever show it/And a shell has been grown.”

In 2012, Keough and his siblings all were featured in the video for Lisa Marie’s “duet” with Elvis of his 1954 song “I Love You Because” through archival footage.