Agony for Lisa Marie Presley’s kids after her sudden death: Elvis’s daughter leaves behind three children including Daisy Jones & The Six actress Riley Keough, 33, and twin teenage girls – two years after she was devastated by son’s suicide
- Lisa Marie Presley leaves behind three daughters after her sudden death
- Riley Keough, from her first husband Danny, is married to an Australian stuntman
- Twin girls Harper and Finley, 13, lived with Priscilla amid bitter divorce battle
- Lisa Marie had a son Benjamin who shot and killed himself in 2020
Lisa Marie Presley leaves behind three grieving daughters after she died suddenly aged 54 yesterday.
The singer-songwriter daughter of Elvis Presley shared two children with her first husband Danny Keough, whom she married in 1988 and divorced in 1994.
Riley Keough, 33, is an actress and model, while son Benjamin, who was born in 1992, died in 2020 aged 27 after shooting himself in their California mansion.
After two more marriages and an engagement, Presley had two more children with her fourth husband Michael Lockwood, her guitarist and music producer.
Lisa Marie Presley leaves behind three grieving daughters after she died suddenly aged 54 yesterday (pictured with her daughters Riley and twins Harper and Finley)
Twins Harper and Finley were born in 2008, Lockwood’s first children.
During a custody battle amid their bitter divorce when Lisa Marie accused Lockwood of possessing child pornography, Finley and Harper lived with their grandmother Priscilla.
In October their father remarried, to celebrity hairdresser Stephanie Hobgood.
The twins were ‘grooms women’.
Lockwood said, following Presley’s death, that the girls were with him.
”Michael had been hoping for a speedy and complete recovery because her children needed her. It is very sad it didn’t turn out that way,’ said Joe Yanny, Lockwood’s spokesman.
‘Michael’s world has been turned on its ear. He is with both of his daughters now.’
Meanwhile, Lisa Marie’s eldest daughter Riley has been married to Ben Smith-Petersen, 31, for eight years after meeting on the desert set of Mad Max: Fury Road in 2012, for which he won a SAG Award for best stunt ensemble.
The pair married in February 2015, after traveling to Nepal to spend time building houses in the Himalayas.
She has starred in The Girlfriend Experience, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe, as well as Daisy Jones & The Six and Logan Lucky.
Benjamin, who was born in 1992, died in 2020 aged 27 after shooting himself in their California mansion (pictured in 2012)
Lisa Marie Presley, right, and her then-husband Michael Lockwood, second from left, are pictured in 2010 with Benjamin Keough, who later died by suicide
Lisa Marie is pictured with Benjamin, daughter Riley and Lisa’s half-brother Navarone Garibaldi in 2002
Lisa Marie posted on Instagram about her grief for her son Benjamin who died in 2020
Riley is pictured with her younger brother Ben when they were young children
Riley, whose latest role is in Amazon Prime series Daisy Jones and the Six, charting the story of a 1970s rock band, said last year while promoting Zola that her brother’s death had hit her hard.
She told The New York Times she endured ‘a year of feeling like I was thrown into the ocean and couldn’t swim.’
She added: ‘The first four or five months, I couldn’t get out of bed. I was totally debilitated. I couldn’t talk for two weeks.’
Even now, Keough finds the tragedy hard to accept.
‘It’s very complicated for our minds to put that somewhere because it’s so outrageous,’ she said.
‘If I’m going through a breakup, I know what to do with that and where to file it in my mind, but suicide of your brother? Where do you put that? How does that integrate? It just doesn’t.’
Her younger brother Benjamin was troubled with depression and addiction, and Lisa Marie said last year she was suffering with ‘unrelenting grief’ over his death two years prior.
In August, she wrote an essay about her son Benjamin’s death to mark National Grief Awareness.
‘I can understand why people may want to avoid you once a terrible tragedy has struck. Especially a parent losing their child because it is truly your worst nightmare,’ she wrote in her essay, which was published by People.
He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office announced following the incident.
In the emotional essay, Lisa Marie admitted that she had kept her distance from the parents of other people whose children died by suicide, something that seemed to haunt her.
‘I can recall a couple of times in my life where I knew parents who lost their child and while I could be there for them when it happened, I avoided them after and never bothered to follow up with them because they quite literally became a representative of my biggest fear,’ she wrote.
‘I also low-key judged them, and I swore I’d never do whatever it was that I felt they either did or neglected in their parental actions and choices with their child.’
Lisa Marie said in her essay that grief is not a ‘comfortable subject for anyone’ and is ‘most unpopular’ to discuss.
But she believed it was necessary to speak openly about grief and tragedy if any ‘progress’ was to be made.
Lisa Marie is a singer and songwriter and has three children, including actress Riley Keough (left) as seen together in Los Angeles in 2017
Riley has been married to Ben Smith-Petersen, 31, for eight years after meeting on the desert set of Mad Max: Fury Road (pictured in 2021)
(L-R Finley, Lisa Marie, Priscilla, Riley and Harper) sign their names alongside their hand prints in June 2022
Three generations of Presleys – Priscilla, 77, (centre) Lisa Marie, 54, (second left) and her daughter Riley, 33, (second right) as well as her twins Finley and Harper, 13 (far left and far right) – were seen side by side at the Hand and Footprint Ceremony held outside the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood in June
Lisa Marie added that her son reminded her of her father, which only troubled her further.
He was ‘so much like his grandfather on so many levels that he actually scared me,’ she wrote, adding that it ‘made me worry about him even more than I naturally would have’.
Two years after Benjamin’s death, Lisa had not felt much relief from the tragic loss and she blamed herself for her son’s death.
‘I already battle with and beat myself up tirelessly and chronically, blaming myself every single day and that’s hard enough to now live with,’ she confessed, adding that ‘others will judge and blame you too, even secretly or behind your back which is even more cruel and painful on top of everything else’.
She opined that ‘grief does not stop or go away in any sense, a year, or years after the loss. Grief is something you will have to carry with you for the rest of your life, in spite of what certain people or our culture wants us to believe.
‘You do not “get over it,” you do not “move on,” period,’ she wrote.
Following Benjamin’s death, his friend, the musician Brandon Howard, told People that he had lived with depression for years, while also feeling weighed down by expectations to succeed as much as his famous grandfather.
‘Sometimes he struggled with depression, which is a serious thing with [the coronavirus pandemic] and everything happening right now and everybody being locked in the house,’ Howard said at the time.
‘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,’ he added.
Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson visit Versailles in France in 1994
Lisa Marie Presley and Nicolas Cage married in August 2002, only to file for divorce three months later
Lisa Marie had met her first husband Danny Keough as a teenager when entering a drug rehabilitation center after she dropped out of high school in her Junior year.
Though Presley and Keough divorced in 1994, the two remained close throughout their lives.
‘I don’t know how, but we’ve managed to stay close,’ she said of their relationship in 2008, according to the Star Tribune. ‘There’s others that I have pain or betrayal associated with that I won’t have anything to do with. But he and I had a special thing. Unconditional.’
He played guitar on a number of her records, and even lived in a house on her property. It was Keough who found her unresponsive on January 12 and called 9-11 before her death.
In 1994, Presley shrugged Keough off with a quickie divorce in the Dominican Republic days before eloping with the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, in 1994.
In 1992 Presley was reintroduced to Jackson, who she had met in the 1970s when she was just seven-years-old.
The two kindled a friendship together, frequently calling each other over the phone and speaking for hours at a time.
That friendship became romantic in 1993 when Jackson was accused of molesting 13-year-old Jordan Chandler. Presley became the embattled pop star’s support system during the period, and he eventually proposed to her during one of their calls.
The pair flew to the Dominican Republic in May of 1994 to escape the press, and eloped in a small, private ceremony.
Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough. The two had two children together and remained close after divorcing
Lisa Marie Presley and her first husband Danny Keough. They married in 1989
Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson at the Budapest airport in August, 1994
Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson lock lips at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards
Their marriage was dogged by theories that they had only married to distract from the accusations against Jackson, that they didn’t have sex with each other, and speculation about when they would inevitably get divorced.
Both struggled to keep ahead of the talk, going so far as to awkwardly make on stage while opening the 1994 MTV Video Music awards.
‘Welcome to the MTV Video Music Awards,’ Jackson said as he and Presley walked on stage hand-in-hand. ‘I’m very happy to be here. Just think, nobody thought this would last.’
And in a 1995 interview with Diane Sawyer, Presley tried to face the a-sexual rumors head on.
‘Do we have sex?’ Presley asked, then together she and Jackson exclaimed ‘Yes! Yes! Yes!’ They added that they indented to have kids together.
As if to accentuate their sexual stance, a month later Jackson released the music video for You Are Not Alone, which prominently featured him and Presley canoodling, dripping wet and in the nude, throughout some sort of desert temple.
Presley finally filed for divorce from Jackson in January, citing ‘irreconcilable differences.’
Lisa Marie Presley and John Oszajca in Los Angeles in 1999
Lisa Marie Presley and John Oszajca at a fashion show in New York City in 2000
Lisa Marie Presley and John Oszajca were engaged briefly but separated in 2001
After struggling to get over her divorce from Jackson for several years, she met and became engaged to musician John Oszajca in 2000.
But after meeting Nicolas Cage at a party, and broke off her engagement to Oszajca and began dating the actor.
Cage said he was ‘thunderstruck’ when she met Presley at the party, and their whirlwind relationship was marked by highs followed by tumultuous fights, along with rumors Cage intended to buy Elvis’ Graceland mansion.
They married in 2002, but after a mere 108 days filed for divorce.
Presley described the relationship as a ‘wild ride’ in a 2003 interview with Rolling Stone.
‘You can’t have a temper tantrum and then call me four days later and expect, you know, everything to be fine again … so, it was like that … We were both like two 12-year-olds in a sandbox, basically.’
‘We’re both so dramatic and dynamic that when it was good, it was unbelievably good, and when it was bad, it was just a fucking bloody nightmare for everybody,’
Despite the famously short marriage, it would take nearly two years for them to finalize their divorce.
Lisa Marie Presley and Nicolas Cage were married and filed for divorce within 108 days
Lisa Marie Presley and Nicolas Cage at the 2001 premier of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
Lisa Marie Presley and Nicolas Cage attend the premier of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin in 2001
In 2006 Presley married her music producer Michael Lockwood, who had also done extensive work with musicians like Carly Simon and Aimee Mann.
Shortly after wedding they had twin girls together – Finley Aaron Love and Harper Vivienne Ann – and remained together for ten years.
The dissolution of their marriage was far from friendly. As the pair battled for custody over their children, Presley said she found hundreds of explicit photos of children on his computer.
‘When I discovered the photos on [Lockwood’s] computer, and viewed the videos, I was shocked and horrified and sick to my stomach,’ Presley wrote in a court filing demanding custody of the kids. ‘I had no idea that [he] had taken those photos. I will refrain from describing the photographs in detail out of respect for the privacy of my family.’
Police investigated the allegations, but later dismissed them citing a lack of evidence.
‘Barring any new potential evidence or information we have concluded our involvement in this matter,’ said the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. ‘We have not been able to determine a crime occurred in Tennessee.’
Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Lockwood at the Palladium in Hollywood, in 2005
Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Lockwood attend a New York Fashion Week show in 2008
As the couple duked it out, Lockwood returned fire by demanding custody of the children citing fears Presley would relapse into drug abuse following the death of her son Benjamin.
Presley had long tried to keep her addiction problems under wraps, but court documents from the divorce dragged it all out in the open.
In a 2017 deposition, which was obtained by the Radar Online, she admitted to abusing cocaine, opioids, painkillers and alcohol.
‘The last three years I … had to go to rehab several times,’ she said, later putting the exact number at somewhere between three and five stints in a Mexican treatment facility.
‘I was a mess. I couldn’t stop.’
Presley said that her addiction peaked as their marriage ended in 2016.
‘The last year of our marriage, I was abusing cocaine terribly,’ she said, according to the court documents.
Asked if her drug use was heavy, she said, ‘It was bad, yeah.’
She added: ‘I didn’t mix the pills and alcohol until, like, the last two years.’