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Lisa Marie Presley has survived many tragedies in her life, beginning with the loss of her famous father when she was nine. Perhaps the biggest blow of all, however, came on July 13, 2020, when her 27-year-old son Benjamin Keough committed suicide. Afterwards, Presley withdrew from the spotlight to deal with her grief. “These are some of the darkest days of my family’s life,” Lisa Marie’s mother, Priscilla, wrote on Facebook at the time. Presley hasn’t spoken much about her heartbreak since, but she continues to honor her son every July 13th. This year, for example, she marked the two-year anniversary of his death by once sharing a picture of the matching Celtic knot tattoo she got with Benjamin and writing, “We will be forever connected.”
It’s clear that Presley is still heartbroken and her son will forever be on her mind. When Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” hit theaters in May 2022, people thought of their late son. Giving a heartbreaking update, she wrote on Instagram: “It breaks my heart my son isn’t here to see it. He would have absolutely loved it, too.” She also explained that these days she just wants to focus on her kids and doesn’t have much heart or energy for anything else. Now, Elvis’ daughter has opened up about her son’s tragic death in a candid post aimed at helping others.
The only thing keeping Lisa Marie Presley going
August 30 was National Grief Awareness Day — a day dear to Lisa Marie Presley. In the two years since the death of her son, Benjamin Keough, her grief is far from over. As she shared in a powerful essay per People, it will never end. Speaking of her journey with sadness, Presley said she wanted to bring strength to those dealing with tragedy and inspire others to better support those who are suffering losses. “Grief needs to be talked about,” she began, before sharing the three biggest lessons she’d learned. “One is that grief in no way stops or goes away a year or years after the loss,” Presley wrote. “Secondly, grief is incredibly lonely.” The 54-year-old also revealed that having a parent lose a child comes with the added pressure of outside judgment as people blame it on your front door and you, like them as it put it, turn into “an outcast”. So she reached out to a support group of people going through a similar loss.
Finally, Presley revealed her reason she didn’t give up: her kids. Presley is also mother to actor Riley Keough (with ex-husband Danny Keough) and twin daughters Finley Aaron Love and Harper Vivienne Anne (with ex-husband Michael Lockwood). “It’s a real decision to move on, one that I have to make every day and is constantly challenging to say the least,” she wrote. “But I keep going for my girls.”