Two days after his tragic death, the Los Angeles County Coroner confirmed to HollywoodLife on July 14 that Benjamin Keough died by suicide after suffering an “intraoral shotgun wound.” Benjamin, the 27-year-old son of Lisa Marie Presley, was found dead in the Los Angeles suburb of Calabasas on July 12 with a gunshot wound to the “upper torso,” according to a police report. Benjamin, who bore an uncanny resemblance to grandfather Elvis Presley, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Following the news of Benjamin’s death, Lisa Marie, 52, released a heartbreaking statement via her rep, Roger Widynowski, to HollywoodLife: “[Lisa Marie] is completely heartbroken, inconsolable, and beyond devastated but trying to stay strong for her 11-year-old twins and her oldest daughter Riley [Keough]. She adored that boy. He was the love of her life.”
Benjamin’s ex-girlfriend, Alexa Rohde, posted a beautiful tribute in the hours after his death was reported. Though they were no longer together, they clearly had nothing but love for one another. She wrote on Instagram, “A laugh that made everyone happier. You gave love to everyone who needed it. You were wise like a thousand year old man, but silly as a five year old.
“You always said your favorite tarot card was the hermit, cause you could relate,” she continued. “You made the best jokes, and always broke the rules. You were my favorite person from the moment I met you. I wish we could’ve kept you forever Ben Ben. I hope you’re having all the delicious sushi in paradise. Words will never be enough.” May he rest in peace.
If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.