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Elvis Presley's Grandson Benjamin Keough Dies by Apparent Suicide at 27

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If you experience suicidal thoughts or have lost someone to suicide, the following post could be potentially triggering. You can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741741.

Benjamin Keough, son of Lisa Marie Presley and grandson of Elvis Presley, has died by apparent suicide at the age of 27, according to TMZ, on Sunday. He was also the son of singer-songwriter Danny Keough.

“She is completely heartbroken, inconsolable and beyond devastated but trying to stay strong for her 11 year old twins and her oldest daughter Riley,” Lisa Marie Presley’s manager Roger Widynowski told TMZ. “She adored that boy. He was the love of her life.”

In 2012, Keough appeared with his other siblings and mother in an archival duet of Elvis Presley’s 1954 song “I Love You Because.” According to the Hollywood Reporter, Keough signed a record deal with Universal in 2009, but no albums were publicly released.

“He’s doing his own thing right now,” Presley said. “I’m going to let him decide when he wants to go out and do what he wants to do.”

Fans and friends reacted to Keough’s death on Twitter and shared condolences.

If this news is hard for you, know you are not alone — and there is help for people who feel suicidal. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text “START” to 741-741. Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world.

Header image via Lisa Marie Presley/Instagram

Originally published: July 13, 2020
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