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Lisa Marie Presley ‘inconsolable’ after son Benjamin Keough, 27, ‘shoots himself dead’

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Lisa Marie Presley has been left ‘inconsolable’ after her eldest child – and lookalike of his grandfather Elvis – died in a suspected suicide.

Benjamin Keough, 27, was found by police with a single gunshot wound to the upper torso at around 6.30am on Sunday at his mother’s Calabasas mansion in California. It is not clear whether Benjamin was alone at the house. 

Lisa Marie’s manager said: ‘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.’    

Benjamin was the son of Lisa Marie – only child of superstar Elvis – and musician Danny Keough. Lisa Marie had previously spoken of her eldest’s similarity to Elvis, calling their resemblance ‘uncanny’.  

A source close to the family has claimed that Benjamin had been ‘struggling’ for a long time and the death, though shocking, won’t have come as a ‘huge surprise.’ 

Elvis Presley's grandson and Lisa Marie Presley's son, Benjamin Keough, has died from a reported self-inflicted gunshot wound. He is pictured with his mom in 2012

Elvis Presley's grandson and Lisa Marie Presley's son, Benjamin Keough, has died from a reported self-inflicted gunshot wound. He is pictured with his mom in 2012

Elvis Presley’s grandson and Lisa Marie Presley’s son, Benjamin Keough, has died from a reported self-inflicted gunshot wound. He is pictured with his mom in 2012 

Benjamin Keough with his mother Lisa Marie Presley in what may be the last photo of him in public, in New York in April 2019

Benjamin Keough with his mother Lisa Marie Presley in what may be the last photo of him in public, in New York in April 2019

Benjamin Keough with his mother Lisa Marie Presley in what may be the last photo of him in public, in New York in April 2019 

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, 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 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’

Police responded to a 'rescue response' call at this home about 6:30am Sunday

Police responded to a 'rescue response' call at this home about 6:30am Sunday

Police responded to a ‘rescue response’ call at this home about 6:30am Sunday

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

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

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

The 27-year-old, pictured with his mom in 2010, was found Sunday in Calabasas, California, according to TMZ. Lisa Marie's manager, said: 'She is completely heartbroken, inconsolable and beyond devastated...She adored that boy. He was the love of her life'

The 27-year-old, pictured with his mom in 2010, was found Sunday in Calabasas, California, according to TMZ. Lisa Marie's manager, said: 'She is completely heartbroken, inconsolable and beyond devastated...She adored that boy. He was the love of her life'

 The 27-year-old, pictured with his mom in 2010, was found Sunday in Calabasas, California, according to TMZ. Lisa Marie’s manager, said: ‘She is completely heartbroken, inconsolable and beyond devastated…She adored that boy. He was the love of her life’

Police said they responded to a ‘rescue response’ call early Sunday, adding: ‘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 Sunday while police and a coroner’s vehicle were parked nearby. 

A source told The Sun that Benjamin’s family was told about his death early on Sunday morning. 

‘It is shocking news but it also isn’t a huge surprise as he had been struggling. Everyone is heartbroken and devastated,’ they said. 

Nancy Sinatra tweeted: ‘I have known you since before your mama gave birth to you, never dreaming you would have pain like this in your life. I’m so very sorry.’ 

And another friend of Benjamin’s, Musician DJ Ashba, wrote: ‘This cuts me to the bone. Literally in shock. I loved Ben like a brother and always will. Till we meet again my friend.’

Roy Orbison Jr, whose father performed with Benjamin’s grandfather, said: ‘Everybody please pray for Elvis Presley’s family. They have had another terrible tragedy today.’

Benjamin’s mother was born in 1977, the only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie lost her father just nine years later to heart failure. 

She married Benjamin’s father, Danny Keough – her first of four husbands – in 1988.

The couple had two children together, Benjamin and his sister, the actress Riley Keough who is married to her Mad Max co-star Ben Smith-Petersen. 

In 2009 Benjamin, who kept a low public profile, was reported to have signed a $5million 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.  

Benjamin's grandmother Priscilla married Elvis in 1967 but they divorced six years later. The couple are pictured with their only daughter, Lisa Marie, around 1970

Benjamin's grandmother Priscilla married Elvis in 1967 but they divorced six years later. The couple are pictured with their only daughter, Lisa Marie, around 1970

Benjamin’s grandmother Priscilla married Elvis in 1967 but they divorced six years later. The couple are pictured with their only daughter, Lisa Marie, around 1970

Benjamin is pictured as a child with his sister Riley, mom Lisa Marie and grandmother Priscilla

Benjamin is pictured as a child with his sister Riley, mom Lisa Marie and grandmother Priscilla

Benjamin is pictured as a child with his sister Riley, mom Lisa Marie and grandmother Priscilla

Benjamin is pictured as a child with his sister Riley, mom Lisa Marie and grandmother Priscilla. In 2009 Benjamin was reported to have signed a $5million record deal with Universal. 'The music will be nothing like Elvis, nothing like him at all,' he said in an interview at the time

Benjamin is pictured as a child with his sister Riley, mom Lisa Marie and grandmother Priscilla. In 2009 Benjamin was reported to have signed a $5million record deal with Universal. 'The music will be nothing like Elvis, nothing like him at all,' he said in an interview at the time

Benjamin is pictured as a child with his sister Riley, mom Lisa Marie and grandmother Priscilla. In 2009 Benjamin was reported to have signed a $5million record deal with Universal. ‘The music will be nothing like Elvis, nothing like him at all,’ he 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.’ 

Aside from a few acting credits very little is known about Benjamin’s career. 

In 2015, he shared a picture of an Elvis outfit he had bought, writing on Instagram: ‘I purchased a piece of grandad today from a collector. He wore it in 1974. I feel a lot closer to him now.’ 

Lisa Marie and Benjamin were said to be so close that, in 2009, the mother and son got matching tattoos. In 2012 she wrote song Storm And Grace about her son. 

Lisa Marie was married to Michael Jackson and Nicholas Cage before wedding her fourth husband, Michael Lockwood, in 2008.

She has twin daughters with the music producer over whom she is said to be fighting a nasty custody battle.  

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

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

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

In 2015 Benjamin shared this picture of an Elvis outfit he had bought, writing: 'I purchased a piece of grandad today from a collector. He wore it in 1974. I feel a lot closer to him now'

In 2015 Benjamin shared this picture of an Elvis outfit he had bought, writing: 'I purchased a piece of grandad today from a collector. He wore it in 1974. I feel a lot closer to him now'

In 2015 Benjamin shared this picture of an Elvis outfit he had bought, writing: ‘I purchased a piece of grandad today from a collector. He wore it in 1974. I feel a lot closer to him now’

Benjamin was the son of Lisa Marie and Danny Keough. He is pictured with his mom in 2012

Benjamin was the son of Lisa Marie and Danny Keough. He is pictured with his mom in 2012

Benjamin was the son of Lisa Marie and Danny Keough. He is pictured with his mom in 2012

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

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

In June last year the mother of four shared a sweet snap with all of her children, writing: ‘Mama Lion with the cubs.’ 

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.  

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Prince William will reveal that fatherhood gave him a ‘new sense of purpose’ and helped spur him to protect the natural world in his new conservation documentary set to air next month.

The Duke of Cambridge will share his passion for the planet and search for ways to restore the environment for the next generation in his new ITV documentary Prince William: A Planet For Us All. 

The arrival of the new documentary, which was filmed by a production team two years ago, comes as Prince William gears up to join a star-studded line-up to give a virtual TED talk about climate change in October. 

Prince William will reveal that fatherhood gave him a 'new sense of purpose' in his new ITV documentary Prince William: A Planet For Us All

Prince William will reveal that fatherhood gave him a 'new sense of purpose' in his new ITV documentary Prince William: A Planet For Us All

Prince William will reveal that fatherhood gave him a ‘new sense of purpose’ in his new ITV documentary Prince William: A Planet For Us All

The documentary, which is set to air on ITV next month, will see the Duke of Cambridge share his passion for the environmental issues

The documentary, which is set to air on ITV next month, will see the Duke of Cambridge share his passion for the environmental issues

The documentary, which is set to air on ITV next month, will see the Duke of Cambridge share his passion for the environmental issues

In a sneak preview of the show the prince is heard saying: ‘I have always loved nature and fatherhood has given me a new sense of purpose.’

The prince, who shares children George, seven, Charlotte, five, and two year-old Louis, with wife Kate Middleton, will also describe how becoming a father helped change his outlook on the world.

He continued: ‘Now I have got George, Charlotte and now Louis in my life – your outlook does change. You want to hand over to the next generation, the wildlife in a much better condition.

‘Two years ago a film crew joined me on my search for ways to protect the natural world.

‘I’ve always believed it’s possible to give the young people hope and belief that things can get fixed. I have the belief that if we all work together we can make a difference.’

During the show, the prince meets people in the UK and abroad who are playing their part in protecting and restoring the environment, according to Kensington Palace.

The documentary also charts his journey from being passionate about conservation to wanting to play a greater global leadership role on the environment, the palace added. 

Naturalist Sir David Attenborough, who also makes an appearance in the programme, said: ‘Kids know an awful lot about what is happening to the world.’

Prince William will search for ways to restore the environment for the next generation in his new show

Prince William will search for ways to restore the environment for the next generation in his new show

Prince William will search for ways to restore the environment for the next generation in his new show

The documentary shows the prince meeting with people in the UK and abroad who are playing their part in protecting the environment

The documentary shows the prince meeting with people in the UK and abroad who are playing their part in protecting the environment

The documentary shows the prince meeting with people in the UK and abroad who are playing their part in protecting the environment

The show, which will air next month on ITV, will also see the prince meet naturalist Sir David Attenborough

The show, which will air next month on ITV, will also see the prince meet naturalist Sir David Attenborough

The show, which will air next month on ITV, will also see the prince meet naturalist Sir David Attenborough

The arrival of the new documentary comes as Prince William gears up to join a star-studded line-up to give a virtual TED talk about climate change.

The royal will appear alongside a panel of keen environmentalist and celebrities at TED’s Countdown Global Launch on October 10 to discuss how the world can tackle global warming and ensure a better, healthier future for the planet.

The Duke will be joined by impassioned activists at the online conference including Al Gore, as well as A-list actors Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Will Smith’s son, Jaden Smith. 

Earlier this year, Prince William launched the Earthshot Prize initiative, declaring the Earth was at a ‘tipping point’ and humans had just ten years to save the world.  

The Duke will take part in the fourth and final session of the conference, appearing alongside climate change activists, engineers and pop stars.

The session, which is titled ‘Breakthroughs’ is described online as ‘exploring the nexus of protection, regeneration and transformation using powerful examples.

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CHRISTOPHER STEVENS: It’s hard watching brain surgery… just think what it’s like to do it

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First, do no harm, warned the fore- father of all doctors, the Greek physician Hippocrates. It was all very well to say that in 400BC, but he had no idea about 21st-century brain surgery.

‘Virtually everything we do in neurosurgery carries a high risk,’ remarked Mr Aabir Chakraborty in Brain Surgeons: Between Life And Death (C4). One slip of a stiletto-thin scalpel, deep inside the head, can sever an artery and cause a fatal stroke.

Before donning his scrubs for surgery at Southampton’s Neurological Centre, the doc revealed that he meditated for an hour each morning. 

It helped him to develop empathy with his patients, he said.

Matthew, 12, who had a rare tumour at the top of his brainstem, was featured on Brain Surgeons: Between Life And Death

Matthew, 12, who had a rare tumour at the top of his brainstem, was featured on Brain Surgeons: Between Life And Death

Matthew, 12, who had a rare tumour at the top of his brainstem, was featured on Brain Surgeons: Between Life And Death

Personally, if a surgeon is going to be mucking around inside my cranium, I don’t need him to be working on his emotions before breakfast. He can be as hard-boiled as Humphrey Bogart for all I care, so long as he’s got a steady hand. Surgery, not sympathy, should be the watchword.

But it was impossible not to feel deep sympathy for the parents of 12-year-old Matthew, who had a rare tumour at the top of his brainstem. ‘I wish it was me rather than him,’ said his father fervently.

Channel 4’s wide-ranging medical documentaries work best when we develop a strong emotional desire to see the patient get better — as in the story, a couple of weeks ago, of robotics scientist Peter Scott-Morgan, who had pioneering implants to help him overcome the paralysis of motor neurone disease.

From the moment we met Matthew, I was fighting the urge to fast-forward to the end of the episode, to reassure myself that the boy recovered from both his tumour and the surgery.

However, the operation took two days and it felt as though we watched every moment of it. Although it was — thankfully — benign, Matthew’s tumour was ingrown at the centre of the brain, and the surgeons had to cut a tunnel to it without damaging any of his faculties.

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When they reached the mass, which was the size of a plum, an artery started to bleed heavily. By this point, I had both arms wrapped around my head as though I could stem the flow by contorting myself.

Just as nerve-racking were the first days of recuperation, when Matthew had no sensation in his left side. The final sequence, after the boy had returned home to his family, came as a blessed relief: he seemed fully recovered and was riding his bike.

‘The future looks a lot better than it could have been,’ said his mother cautiously, as though she hardly dared admit they were past the worst. 

Who can blame her? After an experience like that, you’re afraid to breathe for fear the gods will overhear.

It’s not the gods who are listening in Ghosts (BBC1), but assorted lesser spirits, former inhabitants of Button Hall who have stayed on to haunt the place. 

Alison (Charlotte Ritchie) can’t get a moment’s peace — one of them, played by Lolly Adefope, even snuggles in bed with her.

This unfailingly entertaining sitcom from the Horrible Histories team has not moved on much from the first series. 

All the characters are the same, and we know that every week the ghosts will thwart the moneymaking schemes of Alison and her hen-pecked husband.

Martha Howe-Douglas is the imperious Victorian spectre, Fanny, and naturally, there are lots of Fanny jokes. 

Simon Farnaby plays Julian, a caddish MP who died without his trousers on. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, but they might as well have called it Are You Being Haunted?

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US Congress urges Boris Johnson to return the Elgin Marbles to Greece

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The US Congress has waded into the ongoing row over the Elgin Marbles and called for their return to Greece.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, eighteen members of the House of Representatives urged Britain to open talks ‘in earnest’ over the sculptures in the British Museum.

They said said: ‘The Marbles have been the source of controversy among western allies for many decades. Greece has long wanted these Parthenon Marbles back.

‘Today we write to you as members of the congressional caucus on Hellenic Issues to urge your government to negotiate with the Greek government in earnest on the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.’

The 7th Earl of Elgin, Thomas Bruce, removed the Parthenon Marble pieces from the Acropolis in Athens while serving as the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire from 1799 to 1803

The 7th Earl of Elgin, Thomas Bruce, removed the Parthenon Marble pieces from the Acropolis in Athens while serving as the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire from 1799 to 1803

The 7th Earl of Elgin, Thomas Bruce, removed the Parthenon Marble pieces from the Acropolis in Athens while serving as the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire from 1799 to 1803

The group of congressmen contained both Republicans and Democrats and included the chair of the foreign affairs subcommittee covering Europe and the chairs of the oversight and rules committees.

They want to see the sculptures returned by 2021 – the 200th anniversary of the modern Greek state’s founding.

The letter adds: ‘We remain appreciative of your efforts and good will in support of the historic special relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States, and look forward to strengthening that relationship through the accomplishment of matters such as this.’

Dating back almost 2,500 years to the 5th Century BC the Elgin Marbles are seen some of the finest examples of marble sculpture the world over.

They were removed from the Parthenon in Athens by Thomas Bruce, the 7th Earl of Elgin, between 1801 and 1805.

He was British Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, who then ruled Greece, when they were taken.

The Earl claimed to have permission from the Ottomans to ship the Marbles to Britain however the supposed decree has never been found.

Parliament bought the Marbles in 1816 and given to the British Museum, which claims Lord Elgin took them with permission.

The Elgin marbles inside The British Museum

The Elgin marbles inside The British Museum

The Elgin marbles inside The British Museum 

However Greece has long maintained they were stolen and even at the time their removal was criticised by some, including Lord Byron who likened it to an act of looting.

A source told the Daily Telegraph: ‘These members of Congress are saying thank you to Britain for looking after them. They know that Boris Johnson understands Greek history better than anyone, and both Republicans and Democrats are calling on the prime minister to do the right thing.

‘By returning the Elgin Marbles, the United States sees an opportunity for Boris Johnson to go down in history as a statesman who respected both Britain’s past and projected a new confident post Brexit Britain to the world.’

It is thought that Parliament would have to change the law to return the Marbles to Athens as the British Museum Act of 1963 bans any property being returned.

The Greeks have some of the remaining Marbles laid out with gaps for those that remain in Britain. 

A LONG-RUNNING HISTORICAL DISPUTE: WHAT ARE THE ELGIN MARBLES? 

The Elgin Marbles are a collection of classical Greek marble sculptures, inscriptions and architectural members that were mostly created by Phidias and his assistants

The Elgin Marbles are a collection of classical Greek marble sculptures, inscriptions and architectural members that were mostly created by Phidias and his assistants

The Elgin Marbles are a collection of classical Greek marble sculptures, inscriptions and architectural members that were mostly created by Phidias and his assistants

The Elgin Marbles are a collection of classical Greek marble sculptures, inscriptions and architectural members that were mostly created by Phidias and his assistants.

The 7th Earl of Elgin, Thomas Bruce, removed the Parthenon Marble pieces from the Acropolis in Athens while serving as the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire from 1799 to 1803.

In 1801, the Earl claimed to have obtained a permit from the Ottoman authorities to remove pieces from the Parthenon. 

As the Acropolis was still an Ottoman military fort, Elgin required permission to enter the site.

His agents subsequently removed half of the surviving sculptures, as well as architectural members and sculpture from the Propylaea and Erechtheum.

The excavation and removal was completed in 1812 at a personal cost of around £70,000.

The sculptures were shipped to Britain, but in Greece, the Scots aristocrat was accused of looting and vandalism.

They were bought by the British Government in 1816 and placed in the British Museum. They still stand on view in the purpose-built Duveen Gallery.

Greece has sought their return from the British Museum through the years, to no avail.

The authenticity of Elgin’s permit to remove the sculptures from the Parthenon has been widely disputed, especially as the original document has been lost. Many claim it was not legal.

However, others argue that since the Ottomans had controlled Athens since 1460, their claims to the artefacts were legal and recognisable.

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