People: Elvis Presley's Grandson Benjamin Keough Struggled with the Pressures of Having a Famous Last Name

Olowokandi Fiyin
Jul 15, 2020
12:36 P.M.
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A friend of the late grandson of Elvis Presley, Benjamin Keough, revealed that the 27-year-old struggled with the burden of carrying the famous family name.

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Days after of Rock' n' Roll legend Elvis Presley's only grandson, Benjamin Keough passed away, a close friend is speaking out about the heavy burdens he shouldered before his devastating death.

Late singer Elvis Presley poses for a studio portrait on January 1, 1965. | Photo: Getty Images.

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During an interview with People Magazine, Brandon Howard revealed that Benjamin struggled with depression sometimes and that things got worse during the lockdown caused by the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Keough, the only son of Lisa Marie Presley, took his life at the age of 27. He was found dead in the Los Angeles Suburb of Calabasas from a self-inflicted gun wound.

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Howard, who is a musician like Keough, also explained that the burden of living up to the prestigious Presley family name weighed his good pal down. Speaking about it, he said:

"That kind of pressure is definitely a part of what happened. It's a tough thing when you have a lot of pressure with your family and living up to a name and an image."

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He explained that the deceased felt the need to walk in his parents' and grandparents' shoes as an established entertainer. However, Brandon noted that while Benjamin struggled with his pressure, he always managed to be a good friend who "was there for everybody."

The duo became friends shortly after Lisa Marie tied the knot with the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson. At the time, Howard's mom, singer Miki Howard was being managed by Jackson's dad.

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Brandon described their friendship as "brotherhood" and bragged about his friend's excellent cooking skills and "craziest laugh." Hollywood Life recalls that Keough, the only son of Lisa Marie Presley, took his life at the age of 27. He was found dead in the Los Angeles Suburb of Calabasas from a self-inflicted gun wound.

A representative of his family revealed a statement to the publication that his mom is "completely heartbroken, inconsolable and beyond devastated" by his tragic demise. The young musician was described as the love of his mother's life. 

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Benjamin, who bore an uncanny resemblance to his grandfather, was Lisa's second child from her marriage to Danny Keough, per Heavy. Danny and Lisa tied the knot on October 3, 1988, but were only together for six years before they divorced. 

Shortly after his demise, The Sun reported that Benjamin allegedly was in a relationship with Diana Pinto, a post-production coordinator at Fox while he was alive.

Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough on January 24, 1991 as they depart Club Lingerie in Hollywood, California. | Photo: Getty Images.

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It was reported that hours before his death, Benjamin and Diana were partying in his home when neighbors heard a woman scream the words "don't do it!" around 3:30 am. They believed it was Pinto urging him to not take his life.

According to The Sun, Benjamin was one of the four children that actress Lisa Marie had from two of her marriages. His elder sister, Riley Keough, is a model and actress who is married to Ben Smith-Petersen.

He also has younger twin step-sisters, Harper and Finley, 11, from his mother's marriage to Michael Lockwood. May his soul rest in peace.

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