Lisa Marie Presley's son Benjamin Keough 'was lost in life' and struggled to 'live in his grandfather Elvis's shadow'

LISA Marie Presley's son Benjamin Keough was "lost in life" and "struggled" to live in his grandfather Elvis' "shadow" before he allegedly shot himself, family sources have revealed.

The 27-year-old was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the family's home in Calabasas, California, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Lisa, Ben and her twins, Harper and Finley, 11, were forced to move out of their $1.8million home recently due to a mold problem and were living in a hotel, but Ben went back to the property on his own, sources told The Sun.

Revealing the tragic timeline of events, one stunned family insider said: "There was mold in part of the house and the entire family moved into a hotel, but Ben went back and stayed at the house over the weekend.

"He shouldn't have been there, but it seems he wanted to get away.

"Lisa was at the hotel when she got the call, she's distraught obviously, Ben was her life.

"He was depressed, he didn't really have an education, a job or a passion, he was lost in life, and he has always been in his grandfather's shadow.

"There has also been a lot of drama in the family in recent years, I think it was all just too much for him.

"It's unbelievable. It's heartbreaking. Ben was a force, an amazing kid.

"As far as people knew he wasn't into drugs, and didn't drink that much, but he was dealing with mental health issues.

"His girlfriend found him. It must have been shocking for her."

The source said they did not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor in the death – although an autopsy report has not yet been released.

The L.A. County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office confirmed to The Sun that it was suicide by shotgun.

Another insider told The Sun there were other friends at the house, along with Lisa's assistant, but Ben went to his bedroom and remained alone for a number of hours before being found dead by his girlfriend of two years, Diana Pinto, a post production coordinator at Fox.

"We believe he was alone when he killed himself. It appears he talked himself into this," a source revealed.

"He'd never tried to do anything like this before, I think he was struggling with his identity."

A second source claimed Ben was "very emotional" but they didn't realize he was suffering from suicidal thoughts and desperately needed help.

They said: "He wore his heart on his sleeve, but this was the last thing I was expecting when I answered the phone.

"There were people there at the house, but he went to his room alone, locked the door and that was it.

"He wasn't really allowed to be himself, he had big shoes to fill, and he looked just like the shadow he was in [of Elvis].

"Ben had the biggest heart, if someone complimented a piece of jewelry he wore, he'd take it off and give them it.

"He was the kindest, sweetest soul, and he loved everybody, he had no enemies."

Asked how Lisa has been since his tragic death, the source replied: "She's not really speaking to anyone at the moment, she's not well, but she has spoken to his girlfriend, she wasn't to blame."

They added that Lisa's relationship with her mom Priscilla is still "rocky" and hope this tragedy may finally bring them back together as they grieve.

But family and friends are terrified about how she will cope with the loss of her beloved son after previously opening up about her opioid addiction.

They also think that the loss of her friend Kelly Preston – John Travolta's wife who died from cancer this week – will come as a double blow to her.

"Ben was Lisa's whole world, everyone is now panicked she will go off the rails," a source said.

"She said she had really stepped up recently and had been super focused, but she’s had a problem with prescription drugs in the past, it's incredibly worrying.

"Kelly's death has been a double blow for Lisa, they weren’t close in recent years and she kept her cancer battle private, but she was good friends with Kelly and John.

"They were all very close in Scientology, they hung out together with their children, even vacationed together, and Lisa was a big support for them after their son's death.

"Riley will also be very cut up about Kelly's death, it's a lot for one family to deal with."

They added: "Lisa's children are with her, she's grieving, it’s horrendous, and they can’t go back to the house, no way, there are now renovations."

Police told The Sun in a statement: "Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau detectives are continuing their death investigation of a male White adult in his 20s…

"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."

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