The grandson of Elvis Presley and the son of Lisa Marie Presley, Benjamin Keough, reportedly died from an apparent suicide. TMZ reports that law enforcement sources said Keough, who was 27, died Sunday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Calabasas, California. While his sister, actress and director Riley Keough, followed their parents' and grandfather's footsteps into show business, Benjamin Keough led a low profile and quiet life.
Not too much is known about Keough's life today, as he stayed out of the spotlight. His resemblance to Elvis garnered a lot of attention after Lisa Marie featured him in a family photo back in June 2019. In 2012, Lisa Marie recognized the similarities herself, noting how everyone was surprised to see how much he looked like the late King of Rock and Roll when they visited the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville that year.
Mama Lion with cubs ❤️💙🖤🧡🦁😘 pic.twitter.com/UiYoceWHWN— Lisa Marie Presley (@LisaPresley) June 20, 2019
"He does [look so much like Elvis]! He was at the Opry and was the quiet storm behind the stage. Everybody turned around and looked when he was over there. Everybody was grabbing him for a photo because it is just uncanny," Lisa Marie told CMT in 2012. "Sometimes I am overwhelmed when I look at him."
During a 2013 interview with the Huffington Post, Lisa Marie said Keough was interested in music. "He loves to be part of it. He loves touring. It’s on his time frame. Always," she said at the time. "Then when he’s ready to see me, he’ll come. It ebbs and flows, but they are very supportive. They just have pressing matters now with their own lives."
According to TMZ, Keough did secure a record deal in 2009, worth an estimated $5 million. He appeared in the 2005 documentary Elvis by the Presleys. One of the last times he was seen out in public was in 2017, when the Presley family gathered at Graceland to mark the 40th anniversary of Presley's death.
Keough and Riley, 31, are Lisa Marie's children from her first marriage to musician Danny Keough. Lisa Marie also shares twin daughters Harper and Finley Lockwood, both 11, with ex-husband Michael Lockwood. Lisa Marie and Danny were married from 1988 to 1994, with the marriage ending just before Lisa Marie's relationship with Michael Jackson began.
If you or someone you know 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 741-741.