The Presley family continues to grieve the death of Benjamin Keough.
Two weeks after Elvis Presley’s grandson died by suicide, his sister, Riley Keough, shared a series of videos of them together, including one from Christmas. Meanwhile, Lisa Marie Presley’s fourth husband is moving for primary custody of their twin daughters citing the “likelihood of [Presley] to relapse into drug and alcohol dependency” in the wake of her son’s death.
On Monday, The Runaways and Magic Mike actress Riley, 31, posted videos on Instagram Stories of her and her brother — the two children from Lisa Marie’s marriage to first husband Danny Keough — goofing around together. In several she was trolling her younger brother, 27 — recording video of him when he wasn’t in the mood and teasing him for being grumpy as they headed to an early morning pottery class. In the others, he was a willing participant and he was seen dancing in a kitchen and just laughing and being silly.
The videos share a glimpse of who Benjamin was as he largely kept out of the spotlight compared to his sister, mother and grandma, Priscilla Presley. In a previous tribute, Riley called her brother her “best friend
and “twin soul,” saying he was “too sensitive for this harsh world.”
Riley’s videos emerge as her former stepdad Michael Lockwood filed new legal documents, obtained by The Blast, in hopes of stripping Lisa Marie of custody of their 11-year-old twins, Harper and Finley, in the wake of Benjamin’s death.
Ahead of the former couple's divorce and custody trial, which is set for Aug. 3, Lockwood said in the documents, “Lisa Marie Presley’s son shot and killed himself in her home (Although she was not there at the time.) With all due sympathy and respect, this creates a new and unaddressed twofold problem: the safety of the children and the greater likelihood of LMP to relapse into drug and alcohol dependency.”
Lockwood said the twins “told (him) that (LMP) walked around the house with a gun in her hand in 2017. There was at least one gun on the premises of her home at the time of her son’s suicide and it is unclear where the gun was kept or whether Finley and/or Harper might have access to this gun or others.”
As a result, “There is a significantly higher risk to the safety of the children which would ordinarily justify 100% physical custody to (me) at this time in such circumstances,” Lockwood wrote.
He also expressed worry over Lisa Marie’s drug and alcohol addiction, which has been well-documented.
“In light of such a tragic and devastating event, it would not be surprising for (LMP) to relapse into drug or alcohol use despite her alleged three years sober,” Lockwood’s document said. “The death of a child is among life’s most traumatic events.”
Lockwood was also concerned about his daughters discussing suicide “in light of their half brother’s” death. He also wrote of “a greater possibility that the children might think about suicide or attempt it” themselves due to the family tragedy.
A rep for Lisa Marie had no comment about the filing when reached by Yahoo Entertainment.
On July 12, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call at a Calabasas, California, home and pronounced Benjamin dead at the scene.
A rep for Lisa Marie said at the time that she was “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.”
And grandma Priscilla wrote on Facebook last week, “The shock of losing Ben has been devastating. Trying to put all the pieces together of all the possible whys has penetrated my soul.”
Benjamin’s girlfriend, Diana Pinto, also paid tribute, saying he will “always be the love of my life.”
If you or someone you know are experiencing suicidal thoughts, call 911, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.
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