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Ex-girlfriend of Elvis Presley’s grandson Benjamin Keough, 27, pays tribute to her ‘favorite person’

The ex-girlfriend of Elvis Presley’s grandson Benjamin Keough paid tribute to her ‘favorite person’ Monday after he shot himself dead in the early hours of Sunday. 

Alexa Rohde shared a number of pictures of the 27-year-old to her Instagram account, writing: ‘You were my favorite person from the moment I met you. I wish we could’ve kept you forever Ben Ben.’

The Sheriff’s Department issued a statement Sunday saying Elvis’ only grandson had died after suffering ‘one gunshot wound to the upper torso’.

Keough’s current girlfriend pleaded with him not to shoot himself, later telling police she feared his mother Lisa Marie Presley and the rest of his family would ‘blame her’ for his death, DailyMail.com earlier revealed. 

Diana Pinto was heard screaming ‘Don’t do it’ to Keough in the moments leading up to his death at Presley’s $1.8 million luxury Calabasas, California mansion. 

  

Alexa Rohde shared a number of pictures of Keough, pictured together, to Instagram Monday

'You were my favorite person from the moment I met you', Rohde wrote

‘You were my favorite person from the moment I met you’, Rohde wrote

The Sheriff's Department issued a statement Sunday saying Elvis' only grandson, pictured with his ex-girlfriend, had died after suffering 'one gunshot wound to the upper torso'

The Sheriff’s Department issued a statement Sunday saying Elvis’ only grandson, pictured with his ex-girlfriend, had died after suffering ‘one gunshot wound to the upper torso’

A neighbor exclusively told DailyMail.com they heard the residents of the Presley's $1.8 million property (pictured) partying at 1am, before a woman was heard screaming loudly, 'don't do it', at 3.30am - although the neighbor didn't hear a gunshot

A neighbor exclusively told DailyMail.com they heard the residents of the Presley’s $1.8 million property (pictured) partying at 1am, before a woman was heard screaming loudly, ‘don’t do it’, at 3.30am – although the neighbor didn’t hear a gunshot

Keough’s ex-girlfriend paid tribute with series of images showing the pair of them together plus pictures of Benjamin out for dinner and in a swimming pool. They are believed to have dated around 2015.

She wrote: ‘Benjamin Storm, YOU. Always happy in the sun and water. And a laugh that made everyone happier. You gave love to anyone who needed it. You were wise like a thousand year old man, but silly as a 5 year old. 

‘You always said your favorite tarot card was the hermit, cause you could relate. You made the best jokes, and always broke the rules. You were my favorite person from the moment I met you. I wish we could’ve kept you forever Ben Ben.

‘I hope you’re having all the delicious sushi in paradise. Words will never be enough.’ 

In an image from 2015 Rohde posed with Benjamin’s mom Lisa Marie, writing: ‘When your boyfriends mom is epically gorgeous.’

Ex-girlfriend Rohde paid tribute with series of images showing the pair of them together plus pictures of Benjamin out for dinner and in a swimming pool

Ex-girlfriend Rohde paid tribute with series of images showing the pair of them together plus pictures of Benjamin out for dinner and in a swimming pool

The former couple are believed to have dated around 2015. Neighbors said people were partying at the home where Keough died at 1am and heard screams around 3.30am

The former couple are believed to have dated around 2015. Neighbors said people were partying at the home where Keough died at 1am and heard screams around 3.30am

Neighbors noted police showed up to the home hours later around 6am

Neighbors noted police showed up to the home hours later around 6am

Benjamin's mother, Lisa Marie, is understood to have not been in the house at the time of the shooting and neighbors said they had not seen her at the property for several weeks

Benjamin’s mother, Lisa Marie, is understood to have not been in the house at the time of the shooting and neighbors said they had not seen her at the property for several weeks

The Presley family began gathering at the house later on Sunday, after news of the shocking reported suicide emerged. Benjamin Keough is pictured with his ex-girlfriend

The Presley family began gathering at the house later on Sunday, after news of the shocking reported suicide emerged. Benjamin Keough is pictured with his ex-girlfriend

In an image from 2015 Rohde posed with Benjamin's mom Lisa Marie, writing: 'When your boyfriends mom is epically gorgeous.'

In an image from 2015 Rohde posed with Benjamin’s mom Lisa Marie, writing: ‘When your boyfriends mom is epically gorgeous.’

Neighbors said people were partying at the home where Keough died at 1am and heard screams around 3.30am. 

They noted police showed up to the home hours later around 6am. 

Pinto was interviewed by police, with the neighbor explaining: ‘She was pretty hysterical saying ”I can’t believe it.” She just kept swearing and saying, ”I can’t believe it… I can’t believe he would do that to himself.”

‘She said, ”the family’s going to hate me” and ”they’re going to blame me.” I think she was feeling guilty for it happening.’ 

This is the girlfriend of Benjamin Keough, who pleaded with him not to shoot himself, later telling police she feared his mother Lisa Marie Presley and the rest of his family would 'blame her' for his death, DailyMail.com can reveal

This is the girlfriend of Benjamin Keough, who pleaded with him not to shoot himself, later telling police she feared his mother Lisa Marie Presley and the rest of his family would ‘blame her’ for his death, DailyMail.com can reveal

Diana Pinto was heard screaming 'don't do it' to Keough in the moments leading up to the 27-year-old shooting himself in the torso at Presley's $1.8 million luxury Calabasas, California mansion

Diana Pinto was heard screaming ‘don’t do it’ to Keough in the moments leading up to the 27-year-old shooting himself in the torso at Presley’s $1.8 million luxury Calabasas, California mansion

The resident said Benjamin's mother, Lisa Marie (pictured together in 2012), was not in the house at the time of the shooting and they had not seen her at the property for several weeks

The resident said Benjamin’s mother, Lisa Marie (pictured together in 2012), was not in the house at the time of the shooting and they had not seen her at the property for several weeks 

DailyMail.com has identified the girlfriend as Pinto, who works as a post production coordinator at Fox (Film, TV and Sports), according to her LinkedIn page.  

The neighbor said they had seen Pinto coming and going from the home with Benjamin regularly, adding the couple had been dating at least two years. 

The resident said Benjamin’s mother, Lisa Marie, was not in the house at the time of the shooting and they had not seen her at the property for several weeks.

But other neighbors saw the Presley family gathering at the house later on Sunday, after news of the shocking reported suicide emerged.

Bereaved Lisa Marie’s representative told DailyMail.com: ‘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.’

Residents of the guard gated Calabasas community – which was cordoned off by police after the shooting on Sunday – said the family kept to themselves. 

‘They’re very private,’ a neighbor told DailyMail.com. ‘They go out of their way to turn around and not even wave or anything. Not that they’re rude, they just don’t want anybody to know who they are.’ 

Pinto was interviewed by police, with the neighbor explaining: 'She was pretty hysterical saying ''I can't believe it.'' She just kept swearing and saying, ''I can't believe it... I can't believe he would do that to himself''

Pinto was interviewed by police, with the neighbor explaining: ‘She was pretty hysterical saying ”I can’t believe it.” She just kept swearing and saying, ”I can’t believe it… I can’t believe he would do that to himself”

DailyMail.com has identified the woman as Pinto, who works as a post production coordinator at Fox (Film, TV and Sports), according to her LinkedIn

DailyMail.com has identified the woman as Pinto, who works as a post production coordinator at Fox (Film, TV and Sports), according to her LinkedIn

DailyMail.com has identified the woman as Pinto, who works as a post production coordinator at Fox (Film, TV and Sports), according to her LinkedIn

The neighbor said they had seen Pinto coming and going from the home with Benjamin regularly, adding the couple had been dating at least two years

The neighbor said they had seen Pinto coming and going from the home with Benjamin regularly, adding the couple had been dating at least two years

Bereaved Lisa Marie's representative told DailyMail.com: '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.' Pictured: Benjamin and Lisa Marie

Bereaved Lisa Marie’s representative told DailyMail.com: ‘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.’ Pictured: Benjamin and Lisa Marie

Another neighbor Alexander Freiberg, 67, who lives across the street from Keough, says the ‘secluded’ and ‘private’ community has been left ‘shocked’ by the death.

‘What happened is a tragedy and it took everybody by surprise. Everybody is shocked, may his soul rest in peace,’ he said. 

‘Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau detectives are continuing their death investigation of a male white adult in his 20s, who was discovered [at] Alexandra Court, Calabasas, on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at approximately 6:30 a.m,’ the sheriff’s department said.

‘Detectives have learned that deputies assigned to Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station responded to the location regarding a ‘rescue response’ call.

‘Upon their arrival, they located the victim suffering from one gunshot wound to the upper torso. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.’

An official could be seen outside the mansion on Sunday while police and a coroner’s vehicle were parked nearby.

Benjamin was the son of musician Danny Keough, who married Lisa Marie in 1988 and divorced her in 1994.

His mother, who has three other children, had previously spoken of her son’s similarity to her dad Elvis, calling their resemblance ‘uncanny’. 

Lisa Marie has previously spoken of her son's, pictured, similarity to her dad Elvis, calling their resemblance 'uncanny'

Lisa Marie has previously spoken of her son's similarity to her dad Elvis, pictured, calling their resemblance 'uncanny'

Lisa Marie has previously spoken of her son’s, left, similarity to her dad Elvis, right, calling their resemblance ‘uncanny’

Lisa Marie Presley with Benjamin's father, Danny Keough, at a California theater in 1991 (pictured)

Lisa Marie Presley with Benjamin’s father, Danny Keough, at a California theater in 1991 (pictured)

Benjamin Keough's former stepfather Michael Lockwood pictured with his fiance Stephanie Hobgood in Calabasas on Sunday

Benjamin Keough’s former stepfather Michael Lockwood pictured with his fiance Stephanie Hobgood in Calabasas on Sunday 

‘Ben does look so much like Elvis,’ Lisa Marie said in a 2012 interview with CMT. ‘Everybody was grabbing him for a photo because it is just uncanny. Sometimes I am overwhelmed when I look at him.’ 

Elvis’ daughter went on to marry Michael Jackson, Nicholas Cage and finally in 2006 music producer Michael Lockwood, with whom she had twin girls.

Benjamin grew up with his mother and Lockwood in Calabasas.

His mother’s latest marriage ended in an acrimonious divorce. She filed for the split in 2016.

Neighbors said the couple now share custody of the twin girls, 11-year-old Finley and Harper Lockwood.

Benjamin’s sister, actress and model Riley Keough, has embraced the limelight from her famous family, starring in Magic Mike, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Starz TV show The Girlfriend Experience. But little was publicly known about her more reclusive brother.

Riley, 31, told UK newspaper The Guardian that she and Benjamin had a mixed upbringing, split between their mother’s lavish and star-studded lifestyle and their father’s modest living.

The resident said Benjamin's mother, Lisa Marie, was not in the house at the time of the shooting and they had not seen her at the property for several weeks. He is pictured in 2017

 The resident said Benjamin’s mother, Lisa Marie, was not in the house at the time of the shooting and they had not seen her at the property for several weeks. He is pictured in 2017

Lisa Marie, second from left, is pictured with her four children; twins Finley and Harper, front left and right, and Benjamin, back right, and his sister Riley, center

Lisa Marie, second from left, is pictured with her four children; twins Finley and Harper, front left and right, and Benjamin, back right, and his sister Riley, center

‘I grew up very privileged with my mother, but my dad didn’t live like that. And I think experiencing both sides has been helpful,’ Riley said in the 2017 interview. ‘My father had mattresses on the floor of his apartments. He lived in cabins and trailer parks. He just didn’t have much money.

‘When I was like eight I told him, ”I want to grow up and be poor like you!” He was eating a bowl of cereal. I didn’t realize how wildly offensive that was!’

In 2009 rumors swirled that her brother had signed a $5 million record deal with Universal.

‘The music will be nothing like Elvis, nothing like him at all,’ he had said in an interview at the time.

But Peter LoFrumento, Executive Vice President of Universal Music Group, later told People: ‘This story is totally untrue.’

Benjamin’s grandmother Priscilla, 75, married Elvis in 1967 but they divorced six years later. They had only daughter Lisa Marie in 1968. Elvis died just nine years later in 1977 at just 42.

In June last year Lisa Marie opened up about her struggles with ‘opioids and painkillers’ in an essay penned for the forward of the book The United States of Opioids: A Prescription for Liberating a Nation in Pain by Harry Nelson.

She warned of the dangers of prescription drugs as she explained how easily her addiction began after being prescribed painkillers following the birth of her twin daughters in 2008.

  • If you or anyone you know needs to talk, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) in the US
  • For confidential support in the UK, call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local branch. See www.samaritans.org for details.
  • For confidential support in Australia, call the Lifeline 24-hour crisis support on 13 11 14 

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