Priscilla Presley calls grandson Ben Keough’s suicide death ‘the darkest days of my family’s life’ a week after tragedy


PRISCILLA Presley admitted her grandson Ben Keough’s suicide death has been the “darkest days of my family’s life” one week after the tragedy.

Ben committed suicide on July 12 at age 27 by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Elvis’ widow paid tribute to her late grandson in an emotional post on Facebook Wednesday.

She wrote: “These are some of the darkest days of my family’s life. The shock of losing Ben has been devastating. Trying to put all the pieces together of all the possible whys has penetrated my soul. Each day I wake up I pray it will get better.”

Priscilla, 75, then wrote of her daughter, Lisa Marie, and former son-in-law, Danny Keough: “Then, I think of my daughter and the pain she is going through as she was a doting mother. Ben’s father, Danny, who is completely lost, as Ben was his only son.”

She added: “Riley, so loving and so close to him; Harper and Finley, who absolutely adored Ben. Navarone, who struggles deeply with loss and death.”

Priscilla ended the post with: “Rest In Peace Ben, you were loved.”

The tribute comes after her granddaughter Riley, 31, paid her respects to her younger brother in an Instagram post.

She captioned a series of photos: “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.”

A rep for Lisa Marie, who is also mom to twin daughters from a previous marriage, released in a statement: “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.”

Elvis’ grandson landed a $5 million record deal in 2009 to produce five albums.

But The Sun exclusively reported Ben felt “lost in life” and struggled with being in his grandfather’s shadow.

A family member told The Sun: “There was mold in part of the house and the entire family moved into a hotel, but Ben went back and stayed at the house over the weekend.

“He shouldn’t have been there, but it seems he wanted to get away.

“Lisa was at the hotel when she got the call, she’s distraught obviously, Ben was her life.”

The insider added: “He was depressed, he didn’t really have an education, a job or a passion, he was lost in life, and he has always been in his grandfather’s shadow.

“There has also been a lot of drama in the family in recent years, I think it was all just too much for him. It’s unbelievable. It’s heartbreaking. Ben was a force, an amazing kid.

“As far as people knew he wasn’t into drugs, and didn’t drink that much, but he was dealing with mental health issues.

“His girlfriend found him. It must have been shocking for her.”

The Daily Mail reported Benjamin was at a dual birthday party for his girlfriend Diana Pinto and Riley’s husband, Ben Smith-Petersen, 29.

According to the outlet, he was in the bathroom when he shot himself.

The party took place in Calabasas, California at his mom Lisa Marie’s home before police arrived around 6am.

Neighbors reportedly heard the party and woman believed to be his girlfriend Diana scream “don’t do it!”

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.


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