Elvis Grandson’s Death Ruled Suicide by Gunshot Wound: Medical Examiner

July 14, 2020 Updated: July 14, 2020

The grandson of Elvis Presley and son of Lisa-Marie Presley was ruled a suicide via a gunshot wound, said the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday.

Benjamin Keough, 27, died on Sunday, and an autopsy was completed on Monday.

The Los Angeles County medical examiner’s office told news outlets that his cause of death was “intraoral shotgun wound,” while his manner of death is listed as “suicide.”

Lisa-Marie Presley reacted to her son’s death in a statement on Monday.

“She is completely heartbroken, inconsolable and beyond devastated but trying to stay strong for her 11-year-old twins and her oldest daughter Riley,” her representative said in the statement. “She adored that boy. He was the love of her life.”

Keough was the son of Presley, 52, and musician Danny Keough, meaning he is the grandson of Elvis and Priscilla Presley. He’s also the brother of actress Riley Keough.

According to TMZ, he signed a $5 million record deal in 2009, and he has one acting credit listed on IMDB. However, Keough is known for his striking resemblance to his grandfather.

Lisa-Marie once addressed the comparisons between the two.

“Ben does look so much like Elvis. He was at the Opry and was the quiet storm behind the stage,” she said. “Everybody turned around and looked when he was over there. Everybody was grabbing him for a photo because it is just uncanny.”

Keough’s ex-girlfriend, Alexa Rohde, also posted a tribute after his passing.

“You made the best jokes, and always broke the rules,” she wrote on Instagram. “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.”

Reportedly, Presley’s song “Storm and Grace” is about her son, whose middle name is Storm.

Other details about Keough’s death were not made publicly available.

Suicide Hotlines

If you are in an emergency in the United States or Canada, please call 911. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255. Youth can call the Kids Help Phone on 1-800-668-6868.

In the United Kingdom, call Samaritans at 116 123, Papyrus at 0800 068 41 41, or Childline at 0800 1111.

In Australia, the suicide prevention hotline at Lifeline is 13 11 14. You can also visit the Lifeline website at lifeline.org.au. Youth can contact the Kids Helpline by phoning 1-800-551-800 or visiting headspace.org.au/yarn-safe

If you are in an emergency in India, call Befrienders India—National Association at +91 33 2474 4704.