Priscilla Presley Says the 'Shock' of Grandson Benjamin Keough's Death Has Been 'Devastating'
Priscilla Presley has broken her silence following grandson Benjamin Keough's death.
On Wednesday, the Presley matriarch, 75, spoke out for the first time since Benjamin — the son of her and late ex-husband Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley — died by suicide on July 12 at the age of 27. In a Facebook post, she wrote, "These are some of the darkest days of my family's life."
"The shock of losing Ben has been devastating," she wrote. "Trying to put all the pieces together of all the possible whys has penetrated my soul. Each day I wake up I pray it will get better. Then, I think of my daughter and the pain she is going through as she was a doting mother. Ben’s father, Danny [Keough], who is completely lost, as Ben was his only son."
Benjamin’s friend, musician Brandon Howard, recently told PEOPLE that the pressure to live up to the Presley family name "absolutely" contributed to Benjamin's struggles.
"That kind of pressure is definitely a part of what happened," he said. "It's a tough thing when you have a lot of pressure with your family and living up to a name and an image. It's a lot of pressure. It's almost like you're pressured into having to be a musician, having to be an actor. It was good for him to go around the world and discover himself and have his own friends. You never know what triggers it. You never know … It's so random."
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