Lisa Marie Presley children: what happened to her son Benjamin, who is Riley Keough, how many kids did she have?

The only child of Elvis said that her life was ‘detonated and destroyed’ by her son’s death in 2020
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Lisa Marie Presley, the only child of Elvis Presley has passed away at the age of 54-years-old.

The news was confirmed in a statement by her mother Priscilla, who said: “It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us.”

Two days prior the pair had attended the Golden Globes to watch actor Austin Butler win the award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Elvis in Baz Luhrmann’s biopic.

Presley was married four times and is survived by her three children, here’s everything you need to know about how many children she had and what happened to her son Benjamin.

Who is Lisa Marie Presley?

Presley is the only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, she was born on 1 February 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. Her parents divorced when she was four, with her father passing away when she was nine-years-old making her the heir to his Graceland home.

Lisa Marie Presley attending the Golden Globes on 10 January 2023 (Photo: Getty Images)Lisa Marie Presley attending the Golden Globes on 10 January 2023 (Photo: Getty Images)
Lisa Marie Presley attending the Golden Globes on 10 January 2023 (Photo: Getty Images)

Following her fathers footsteps she embarked on a singing career, releasing her debut album “To Whom It May Concern” in 2003 which was well-received and ranked fifth on the Billboard 200 album charts. She would go on to make two more albums, “Now What” in 2005 and “What’s Next” in 2012.

Presley was married four times, with former husbands including Michael Jackson, Nicolas Cage, Danny Keough and Michael Lockwood.

The 54-year-old passed away on 12 January. In a statement by her mother to People, Priscilla Presley said: “It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us.

“She was the most passionate strong and loving woman I have ever known. We ask for privacy as we try to deal with this profound loss. Thank you for the love and prayers. At this time there will be no further comment.”

How many children did she have?

Presley had four children from two of her marriages, welcoming daughter Riley and son Benjamin with her first husband Keough who she was married to from 1988 to 1994 and twin daughters Harper and Finley with former husband Michael Lockwood in 2008.

 (L-R) Harper Vivienne Ann Lockwood, Lisa Marie Presley, Priscilla Presley, Riley Keough, and Finley Aaron Love Lockwood (Photo: Getty Images) (L-R) Harper Vivienne Ann Lockwood, Lisa Marie Presley, Priscilla Presley, Riley Keough, and Finley Aaron Love Lockwood (Photo: Getty Images)
(L-R) Harper Vivienne Ann Lockwood, Lisa Marie Presley, Priscilla Presley, Riley Keough, and Finley Aaron Love Lockwood (Photo: Getty Images)

What happened to her son Benjamin?

Benjamin passed away from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on 12 July 2020 at the age of 27, he was known for having a striking resemblance to his grandfather, Elvis.

On 30 August, Presley wrote an essay on grief in People for National Grief Awareness Day. In it she wrote that she had learned “grief does not stop or go away in any sense” and is something you carry “for the rest of your life”.

Presley said her life was “detonated and destroyed” by Benjamin’s death, urging people in similar situations to join support groups, writing: “Nothing, absolutely NOTHING takes away the pain, but finding support can sometimes help you feel a little bit less alone.”

She wrote: “It’s a real choice to keep going, one that I have to make every single day and one that is constantly challenging to say the least... But I keep going for my girls. I keep going because my son made it very clear in his final moments that taking care of his little sisters and looking out for them were on the forefront of his concerns and his mind. He absolutely adored them and they him.”

Her final posts on Instagram were a tribute to her late son, including sharing her article on grief and a post showcasing the pair’s matching tattoos alongside the caption: “Several years ago, on Mother’s Day, my son and I got these matching tattoos on our feet. It’s a Celtic eternity knot. Symbolizing that we will be connected eternally. We carefully picked it to represent our eternal love and our eternal bond.”

Who is Riley Keough?

Presley’s eldest daughter is the actress Riley Keough, who is best known for her performance in Mad Max: Fury Road. In 2015 she married Australian stuntman Ben-Smith Peterson who she reportedly met on set.

Riley currently stars in the upcoming series Daisy Jones and the Six, which will be available on Amazon Prime Video. As well as being an actress, the 33-year-old recently made her directorial debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2022 with War Pony.

She has talked openly about her brother’s death. On the two-year anniversary of his passing she shared a photo of them together on Instagram, alongside the caption: “Not an hour goes by where I don’t think of you and miss you. It’s been two years today since you left and I still can’t believe you’re not here. You are so loved my Ben Ben..”

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