Riley Keough cannot believe her little brother is no more. She ends her note hoping to meet him soon.
Knowing that your loved one is no more a part of your existence is heartbreaking. It is difficult to accept that reality and live life with the beautiful memories you made with them while they were alive. Lisa Marie Presley's son and grandson of musician Elvis Presley, Benjamin Keough died on 12 July 2020. The 27-year-old died by suicide.
Days after the heartbreaking event, his sister, Riley Keough penned a heartfelt tribute to her loving brother, according to People. Sharing a series of pictures on Instagram, the 31-year-old reminisced her brother and the inexplicable agony she underwent due to his demise.
"Mornings are the hardest. I forget you’re gone. I can’t cry because of the fear that I will never stop. A pain that’s new to me," stated Riley. She continued, "here are no words for you. Angel is the closest I could think of. Pure light. Baby brother. Best friend. Wild man. Intellectual. Witness to my life. Twin soul. Protector. Too sensitive for this harsh world." She further went on to express her disbelief in losing him.
"I hope you give me the strength to endure the giant hole you’ve left in my heart. I hope you give me the strength to eat. I hope you’re cradled in love. I hope you feel my love. I hope you feel god. You are god. I can’t believe you’ve left me. Not you sweet Ben Ben. Anyone but you. I guess this is true heartbreak. I hope we meet again," concluded the loving sister.
Benjamin's death had a devastating effect on the family. Though Lisa Marie Presley did not come out with a statement, sources close to the singer stated that she was shattered by the news.
"She 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," said Roger Widynowski, the star's representative, according to People.
Lisa was very close to her son, who was a spitting image of her father. “He was at the Opry and was the quiet storm behind the stage! Everybody turned around and looked when he was over there. Everybody was grabbing him for a photo because it is just uncanny. Sometimes I am overwhelmed when I look at him," said the 52-year-old, alluding to Benjamin.
The singer saw her father in her son and once stated that her kids had his traits. Despite the loss, the mother of four is trying to stay strong for the other children.
Moreover, the mother-son duo often spent time with each other. During one Mother's Day, the singer and her son got matching tattoos. She told Twitter users that it was “a Celtic eternity knot” that represented “eternal love and connection.”
Meanwhile, those close to Benjamin revealed that the young man was under a lot of pressure to live up to the family name. They added it contributed to his personal struggles.
"That kind of pressure is definitely a part of what happened. 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. It was good for him to go around the world and discover himself and have his own friends. You never know what triggers it. You never know ... It's so random," said musician Brandon Howard, a close friend of Benjamin, according to People.
Benjamin's family members too confirmed that the young man had his own personal battles. They even claimed that his death was not a surprise.
"It is shocking news but it also isn't a huge surprise as he had been struggling. Everyone is heartbroken and devastated," said the insider to the Daily Mail. Surely it will take a long time for the family to heal from the death of Benjamin, especially his sisters and mother.