Elvis Presley’s grandson, Benjamin Keough committed suicide earlier this year in July. He was only 27 and was laid to rest three months later, next to Presley in the Meditation Garden of his Graceland estate, according to a post on Facebook.
Elvis Presley’s estate in Graceland is situated in Memphis, Tennessee. Gladys Presley and Vernon Presley, Keough’s grandparents are also buried there along with Minnie Mae Presley, his great-grandmother.
Benjamin Keough was the son of Lisa Marie Presley, who is the only child of Elvis Presley. A statement issued by Lisa’s manager confirmed Keough’s death.
He stated that she is utterly heartbroken and devastated, as she loved him very much. However, she is trying to remain calm and stay put for her children.
The two had a very precious bond. She told a follower on Twitter that they had identical Celtic eternity knots for Mother’s Day in 2009. Lisa Marie also remade Presley’s song ‘I Love You Because’ and featured her children in the music video.
@sarahumanature It is a Celtic eternity knot. Ben (my son) and I got it together in the same place on Mothers Day 3 years ago.
— Lisa Marie Presley (@LisaPresley) May 5, 2012
She was also reported to talk about her son’s resemblance to Elvis Presley in 2012. He was present backstage at Grand Ole Opry and people did a double-take when they saw him and also took pictures with him. She expresses that she herself gets overwhelmed sometimes by the uncanny resemblance.
Keough’s older sister also spoke about his suicide in a heartbreaking message to him on Instagram accompanied by a slideshow of pictures of the two.
She talked about how hard it has been since he has left and hopes he gives her the strength to endure this somehow. She is also quoted saying that he was ‘too sensitive for this harsh world’. She ends the paragraph by expressing that she can’t believe he’s gone.
She also revealed on her Instagram story that she got a tattoo that says ‘Benjamin Storm’ to honor his memory.
In 1957, Elvis Presley bought Graceland which he called home until he died in 1977. Later in 1982, the public was allowed to visit the estate as well. The estate, after the White House, has the honor of being the most visited place.
More than 500,000 tourists visit the house each other, particularly in August for ‘Elvis Week’ when a candlelight vigil takes place at Graceland in his memory.