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How Benjamin Keough’s Gfs Diana Pinto and Alexa Rohde Paid Tribute to Him after His Death

Junie Sihlangu
Jul 18, 2020
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Benjamin Keough, Lisa Marie Presley's son, sadly passed away on July 12, 2020. After his death, his last girlfriend, Diana Pinto, and past partner, Alexa Rhode, wrote touching tributes to him.

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Benjamin Storm Keough was welcomed into the world by his famous mother, Lisa Marie Presley, on October 21, 1992, in Florida. His father was musician Danny Keough, and his sister was actress Riley Keough.

Benjamin and Riley's grandfather was Elvis Presley, and although he came from a famous family, he preferred staying out of the spotlight. He was pretty private about his personal life as well.

Guest, Michael Lockwood, Ben Keough, and Lisa Marie Presley at the world premiere of "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 1" on November 11, 2010, in London, England | Photo: Dave M. Benett/Getty Images

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BENJAMIN'S WORK BACKGROUND

According to The US Sun, Benjamin had a career as a musician and did some acting work. Riley's younger brother also had the opportunity to do voice-over work for the animated short film "Rod & Barry."

In 2005, he featured in 2005's "Elvis by The Presleys" document where the late singer's family and friends shared memories about him. Benjamin was very close to his mother and sister.

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HOW BENJAMIN DIED

On July 12, 2020, Benjamin allegedly shot himself during a joint birthday party for his girlfriend, Dina Pinto, and brother-in-law, Ben Smith-Petersen. The incident occurred at around 3:30 a.m., with Pinto heard screaming.

She reportedly urged Benjamin not to kill himself, according to Daily Mail. The 27-year-old had locked himself in the bathroom before taking a shot in the head with a shotgun at his mother's Calabasas, California home.

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Reports later revealed how the police responded to an emergency call before finding Benjamin with a gunshot wound on the upper torso. An autopsy said he'd committed suicide and died from an "intraoral shotgun wound."

KEOUGH'S SURVIVORS

Benjamin was survived by his mother, sister, and twins Finley and Harper Lockwood. The twins were Benjamin's younger siblings whom his mother shares with Michael Lockwood, her fourth ex-husband.

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BENJAMIN'S EX-GF MOURNS PASSING

Alexa Rohde once dated Benjamin, but they were not together when he passed on. After his tragic death, she took to Instagram to pay tribute to him and mourn his untimely death.

In a lengthy message, Rohde recalled how her ex-boyfriend had always been happy whether he was in the water or the sun. The makeup artist shared how his laugh had always made others happier, adding:

“You were wise like a thousand year old man, but silly as a five year old [sic]. You always said your favorite tarot card was the hermit, cause you could relate.”

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Rohde said Benjamin had made the best jokes and broke the rules. The singer's ex-girlfriend described him as her favorite person from the moment she met him, noting how she wished she could've kept him alive forever.

Benjamin's hairstylist ex-girlfriend also shared her hopes that the singer was enjoying sushi in paradise. She concluded her post by confessing that she didn't have enough words to express her grief.

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WHEN KEOUGH & ROHDE DATED

Benjamin seemingly dated Rohde from 2013 to 2015, as per the makeup artist's images in her social media account. It appeared she got close to the family and even had a selfie with Lisa Marie.

It wasn't clear when the couple broke up, but her post honoring his life included several images, including ones where they were seen together. At the time of his death, Benjamin was dating Pinto.

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HOW KEOUGH'S GF HONORED HIM

A week after the musician died, Pinto finally opened up about the loss via an Instagram post. Benjamin's girlfriend described him as the most beautiful boy she'd ever seen in her touching tribute.

Benjamin’s [Keough] girlfriend [Diana Pinto] worried his family would hate her and felt guilty for his death.

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She recalled how he'd made everyone light up when he stepped into a room. Pinto said Benjamin had touched all the souls around him and loved his Sunday morning cartoons and chocolate milk, adding:

“I promise to always honor you on Fancy Fridays."

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Pinto's post continued with her honoring her boyfriend's life. According to People magazine, the pair started seeing each other around September 2017, when Pinto shared their first photo on Instagram.

Her LinkedIn page, which she's since been deleted, said she worked as a post-production coordinator at Fox. Pinto's post also included several photos of the time she'd spent with Benjamin.

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DIANA BLAMED HERSELF FOR BF'S DEATH

A day after Benjamin's death, Daily Mail revealed how Pinto later told the police that she feared his mother and the rest of his family would "blame her" for his death. Police only showed up at around 6 a.m.

Speaking to the police, a neighbor said Pinto had been hysterical and couldn't believe what had happened. Benjamin's girlfriend worried his family would hate her and felt guilty for his death.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org.

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