- Lisa Marie Presley blames herself ‘every day’ for the death of her son Benjamin Keough.
- Keough died by suicide in July 2020.
- Presley said his son reminded him of his grandfather, Elvis, and “actually scared me.”
Lisa Marie Presley has said she blames herself “every day” for her son Benjamin Keough’s suicide in July 2020.
In an essay shared exclusively with People on Tuesday to bring awareness to the reality of grief on National Grief Awareness Day, Presley warned that loved ones died “untimely, unnaturally, or tragically.” I write about how “painful” it is to be judged when Especially if that loved one is your child.
“I’m already at war with myself, beating myself tirelessly and chronically, and blaming myself every day. It’s not bearable enough now,” Presley wrote. That is, secretly, or even behind your back.This is, on top of everything else, even more cruel and painful.”
In July 2020, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office told Fox News that Keough died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Days after his death, Keough’s friends told people about his battle with depression, saying that he felt social pressure to succeed in the entertainment industry because he was Elvis Presley’s grandson. .
“At times he suffered from depression, which is a serious problem. [the coronavirus pandemic] And everything is happening now and everyone is stuck at home,” Keough’s friend and musician Brandon Howard told the magazine at the time.
Howard believes the pressure of being part of the Presley family “absolutely” contributed to Keough’s depression.
“Having family pressure to live up to your name and image is hard. It’s a lot of pressure. It’s a thing,'” said Howard.
Presley’s eldest son, born to musician Danny Keough, died at the age of 27. His sister is actor Riley Keough. Presley also has twin daughters, Harper Vivian Ann Lockwood and Finley Aaron Love Lockwood, with his ex-husband Michael Lockwood.
In her People essay, Presley emphasized the fact that bereaved parents are often labeled “outcasts,” but she understands why grieving parents can quickly become isolated. said.
“Honestly, I can understand why people want to avoid you when a terrible tragedy strikes, especially since losing a child is truly a parent’s worst nightmare,” she wrote. .
Presley said she wrote the essay to encourage people to talk about grief because grief is an inevitable part of life. I hope that it will be an opportunity to reach out to someone.
The singer described her son as “the sweetest, most incredible being I’ve ever had the privilege to know.” I said, “It actually scared me” because it reminded me.