Actress Riley Keough (32) talks about the grief after her little brother’s sudden death last year.
The granddaughter of Elvis Presley, Benjamin Keough, took his own life July 12 last year. He turned 27 years old.
– The first four or five months I could not get out of bed. I was totally exhausted. I could not bear to talk for two weeks, she says New York Times.
The world had recently gone into crisis mode due to the pandemic, and when Riley also lost her brother in such a harrowing way, emotions took over.
– It felt like I was thrown into the sea without being able to swim, she says.
Benjamin attracted attention because he was very similar to his famous, deceased grandfather. About a year before the 27-year-old died Lisa-Marie posted a photo of themselves and the children who received massive publicity precisely because of it.
Riley, who is known from among “American Honey”, explains in the newspaper interview that it is still difficult for her to understand that her brother is no longer among them.
For six years she married the Australian-born stuntman Ben Smith-Petersen (29). She says that he and the rest of the family have helped her get out of depression. It has been important for Riley not to run away from the truth, but to stand in mourning.
After her brother’s death, Riley has been trained to be a so-called “death doula”, one who helps the dying and the bereaved.
– Can I help others, then maybe I will find a way to help myself too, she says.
Lisa Marie Presley had Riley and Benjamin with her musician husband Danny Keough (56), with whom she was married from 1988 to 1994. She also has two children from a later marriage.