Riley Keough’s Husband Announces Daughter’s Birth at Lisa Marie Presley’s Memorial

Riley Keough’s Husband Announces Daughter’s Birth at Lisa Marie Presley’s Memorial

Sunday was an emotional day at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, died unexpectedly earlier this month at the age of 54, and friends and family came to pay their respects.

However, Ben Smith-Petersen announced at the service that he and his wife, Lisa Marie’s daughter Riley Keough, had recently given birth to a girl.

Smith-Peterson read a letter written by the 33-year-old Logan Lucky and The Terminal List star, which said in part, “Thank you for showing me love is the only thing that matters in this life. I hope I can love my daughter the way you loved me, the way you loved my brother and my sisters.” Page Six verified with the couple’s reps that they have a daughter.

Ben Smith-Petersen is an Australian stuntman who met Keough in 2012 on the set of Mad Max: Fury Road. (He was the “Doof Warrior,” the guy who blasted out power chords on his electric guitar while shooting fire from his neck as Immortan Joe’s War Boys raced into battle.) The couple married in 2015, and this is their first child as well as Priscilla’s first great-grandchild.

Lisa Marie’s last public appearance was at the Golden Globe Awards, barely two days before her death. She walked the red carpet alongside Austin Butler, who stars in Baz Luhrmann’s biopic Elvis, which was nominated for Best Picture Drama. Butler, earning the Best Actor Drama prize, thanked the entire Presley family in his acceptance speech for “opening your hearts, your memories, your home to me. I’ll love you forever, Lisa Marie and Priscilla.”

In addition to the Keogh and Smith-Peterson announcements, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, recited a poem at Lisa Marie Presley’s memorial, while Alanis Morrissette, Axl Rose, and Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins performed. Lisa Marie’s remains will be buried with those of her son, Benjamin Keough, in Graceland.


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