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Benjamin Keough Planned to Create Music "Nothing Like Elvis" Before His Death


Jul. 13 2020, Updated 1:00 p.m. ET

Benjamin Keough, Lisa Marie Presley's son, died July 12 at age 27 following an incident in Calabasas, Calif. An ambitious musician, he struck a $5 million record deal with Universal in 2009. He reportedly told The Telegraph at the time that the "music will be nothing like Elvis, nothing like him at all." 

He was the only one of Lisa Marie Presley's four children who showed an interest in upholding the family legacy and building a career in music.

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Benjamin Keough was the only one of Lisa Marie Presley's children who wanted a music career.

"[Lisa Marie] is completely heartbroken, inconsolable and beyond devastated but trying to stay strong for her 11-year-old twins and her oldest daughter Riley. She adored that boy. He was the love of her life," Roger Widynowski, Lisa Marie's manager told TMZ. 

According to TMZ, Ben died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The website claims that the cause of death was suicide. No official statements have been made as of yet. 

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Judging by Lisa Marie's Instagram account, Ben had closely-knit relationships with all of his siblings, and they would often come together to grab meals or attend special events together. 

Lisa Marie and her children have yet to speak to the press.

Lisa Marie also has daughter Riley (along with Benjamin) from her first marriage to singer-songwriter Danny Keough. 

While Benjamin wanted to explore a career in music, his older sister, Riley, had other plans in mind. A talented actress and model, she has appeared in hit movies like Mad Max: Fury Road and American Honey. As a producer, she has also worked on titles like Dixieland and Under the Silver Lake. 

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Lisa Marie and Danny opted for divorce in 1994 after six years together. It was an amicable breakup, and the two remained good friends for decades to come. 

Lisa Marie went on to pursue a serious relationship with Michael Jackson, whom she married in 1994. They stayed together for only two years, after which she went on to date Hawaii-born singer-songwriter John Oszajca. As a previous article by the BBC reveals, they were engaged for a short period of time. 

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After her relationship with John fell apart, Lisa Marie plunged herself into a whirlwind romance with Nicholas Cage, whom she described as a "fellow pirate" in a previous interview with Express. Their wedding ceremony was held on Aug. 10, 2002. Their divorce was finalized in 2004. 

It was only with her fourth husband, Michael Lockwood, that she decided to have kids again. She gave birth to twins, Finley Aaron Love and Harper Vivienne Ann, on Oct. 7, 2008. Lisa Marie and Michael opted for separation in 2016. 

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The divorce proceedings went on for years. According to The Daily Mail, Lisa Marie and Michael signed a postnuptial agreement stating that they rescind the right to each other's properties in July 2007. 

Michael tried to argue during the divorce proceedings that he didn't read the agreement, contending that he should be entitled to financial support regardless. The judges ruled the agreement enforceable in August 2018. 

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During the messy divorce, Finley and Harper were sent to live with their grandmother, Priscilla Presley. The California Department of Children and Family Services stepped in after Lisa Marie accused Michael of having engaged in sexual misconduct. 

Lisa Marie told the court that Michael had "hundreds of inappropriate pictures and disturbing video on [his] computer," as per The Daily Mail. 

"It's still a very family-oriented environment for them [...] They've been with me for —- it'll be over nine months. They're great. They're doing wonderful. They're living a great life. They see both their parents and we'll see what happens," Priscilla told ABC in 2017. 

"The girls have been with me and will be until all this is sorted out," she added. 

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According to Metro, the custody battle is still ongoing. Finley and Harper were prohibited from attending the Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony held in January 2020. 

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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