Priscilla Presley speaks out after the “devastating” passing of her grandson Benjamin Keough.
Wednesday on Facebook, the actress — who was married to Elvis Presley from 1967 to 1973 — released a statement about Benjamin, who passed away July 12 at age 27 from suicide.
“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. Then, I think of [Priscilla’s daughter and Benjamin’s mother, Lisa Marie Presley] and the pain she is going through as she was a doting mother,” the 75-year-old wrote.
The “Dallas” star added, “Ben’s father, Danny [Keough], who is completely lost, as Ben was his only son. [Ben’s sister] Riley, so loving and so close to him; [Lisa’s twins with estranged husband Michael Lockwood] Harper and Finley, who absolutely adored Ben. [Priscilla’s son] Navarone, who struggles deeply with loss and death. Rest In Peace Ben, you were loved.”
According to The Sun, Benjamin was found by police around 6:30 a.m. PST at a Calabasas residence.
After the heartbreaking news broke, Lisa’s manager, Roger Widynowski, told numerous outlets, “[Lisa] 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.”
A family source told The Sun that Benjamin “had been struggling” prior to his death.
On July 13, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner’s office completed an autopsy that officially ruled Benjamin’s death to be a suicide.
On Monday, The Daily Mail wrote that Benjamin reportedly committed suicide at a joint birthday party for his then-girlfriend, Diana Pinto, and brother-in-law, Ben Smith-Petersen, who is married to Riley.
Over the weekend, Riley paid tribute to her late brother, calling him her “best friend” and “twin soul.”
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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.
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).