For Lisa Marie Presley, it’s a wound that will never heal. On July 12, 2020, she lost her son. At only 27 years old, Benjamin committed suicide after years of depression and the fight against his addictions. Elvis Presley’s grandson shot himself in the head while his girlfriend was in the same house as him. It was she who found the body of the young man in the bathroom. Two years later, the King’s daughter released a moving tribute on National Bereavement Awareness Day. “I’ve been living in the awful reality since my son died two years ago. I thought I’d share a few things to consider when it comes to grief for anyone who’s interested. If not for s’ help yourself but maybe to help another who is grieving…”, begins Lisa Marie Presley.
“I fight with myself and I fight tirelessly and chronically against guilt. I blame myself every day and it’s quite difficult to live now, writes Lisa Marie Presley again. (…) Nothing, absolutely NOTHING takes away the pain, but sometimes finding support can help you feel a little less alone.” Since the suicide of her son, she has found comfort with her loved ones, her family and also support groups. “I now truly cherish the few people who have stayed there with us through this nightmarish process from the beginning. And I’ve also learned to love and cherish my new friends,” Elvis Presley’s daughter shares. in this open letter. And to recount his tragic life: “I have faced death, grief and loss since the age of nine”.
Lisa Marie Presley: ‘My life has been completely destroyed’
“The death of my beautiful son? The sweetest, most incredible being I have ever had the privilege of knowing, who made me feel so honored every day to be his mother? Who looked so much like his grandfather on so many levels that he actually scared me? What worried me even more about him than I naturally would have? It’s unthinkable,” Lisa Marie Presley writes. To honor the memory of Benjamin, she made the choice to “continue” but on a daily basis, it is “a challenge”. The mother is also holding out for her three daughters. “I continue because my son made it very clear to me in his last moments that taking care of his little sisters was at the forefront of his concerns and his mind. He adored them, concluded Lisa Marie Presley. My life and that of my three daughters as we knew her were completely destroyed by her death.”
Lisa Marie Presley and Benjamin Keough © Backgrid USA