A little-known member of one of rock ‘n’ roll music’s royal families, Benjamin Keough, grandson of the late Elvis Presley and only son of the “The King’s” daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, has died aged 27, her spokesman said on Sunday.
FILE PHOTO: Lisa Marie Presley, with her children Riley and Benjamin Keough, attend the 75th birthday celebration for Elvis Presley in Memphis, Tennessee January 8, 2010. ikki Boertman/
There was no immediate word from authorities on the circumstances or timing of Keough’s death.
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office confirmed only that the death of an individual of his name and age was under investigation.
Citing unnamed law enforcement sources, celebrity news website TMZ said Keough had taken his own life on Sunday in Calabasas, California, a community northwest of Los Angeles. That information could not be independently verified.
Keough was the younger of the two children Lisa Marie Presley had by her first husband, musician Danny Keough, before their divorce in 1994.
The other is actress Riley Keough, 31.
Presley, 52, singer-songwriter in her own right, also has twin 11-year-old daughters with her fourth husband, musician-producer Michael Lockwood, whom she wed in 2006 after two brief marriages, to pop star Michael Jackson and actor Nicolas Cage.
She is the only offspring of rock pioneer Presley, by his marriage to actress Priscilla Presley.
Lisa Marie Presley’s only son, who kept a low public profile, bore an uncanny resemblance to his grandfather, widely acclaimed as the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” who died in 1977.
“She is completely heartbroken, inconsolable and beyond devastated, but trying to stay strong for her 11-year-old twins and her oldest daughter Riley,” Roger Widynowksi, a spokesman for Lisa Marie Presley’s manager, said in a statement.
“She adored that boy. He was the love of her life.”
Her close relationship to her son, whose middle name was Storm, was reported to have inspired the title track she wrote for her third album, “Storm & Grace,” released in 2012.
One of the last times he was seen in public with the family, according to TMZ, was during a vigil at Graceland for the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death.
Benjamin Keough was himself a musician who struck a record deal and had earned a couple of acting credits in his burgeoning career, TMZ added.
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Feature: Photo of child swapping face masks for food moves Brazilians to solidarity
The photo of a little Brazilian girl holding face masks and a cardboard sign that says “I will exchange a face mask for food,” moved Brazilians to show their solidarity for the family of the young child.
The photo of nine-year-old Ana Julia Costa Sabino went viral after it was taken and posted online by a man driving through the Recreio dos Bandeirantes district in west Rio de Janeiro, where she was standing on a corner amid dozens of street vendors.
Amid Brazil’s raging outbreak of COVID-19, which has kept people apart in a bid to lower transmission rates, Ana Julia gave Brazilians something to rally around.
Famed personalities, such as actors and singers, championed her cause, including TV host Luciano Huck, who requested aid for the family on air.
Hundreds of people have been showing up at that corner to bring food or buy some of the knickknacks the little girl and her mother Silvana Cristina Costa sell to eke out a living.
Costa told Brazil’s GloboNews network that she was a domestic worker, but the mother of four lost her job when lockdown measures were put in place due to the pandemic.
“I sold candy at the beach and then I decided to try my luck on the street. I asked a neighbor to make some face masks for us, and those are the ones Ana Julia is holding in the photo,” said Costa.
“It was my only option to keep going. I received the government aid of 600 reais (110 U.S. dollars), but it isn’t enough for all of us,” Costa said.
“I always worked to put food on the table and never took them (the children) to work, but they’re small and I don’t have anyone to leave them with,” she said.
Ana Julia chimed in to say, “My mother is very hard working. She cleans homes, works at the beach, and seeing the situation, I asked if I could accompany her.”
Ana Julia goes to a public school in the Santa Cruz district of west Rio de Janeiro, but classes have been suspended as part of the lockdown.
Since her plight went public, one of the high points was a call from Huck to her mother, in which he pledged to help the family if they give up vending on the streets and stay home.
According to Costa, Huck, said to her: “I imagined my children, who are the same age as Ana Julia, in that situation. As I always say, solidarity has to be more contagious than the virus.”
Costa added, “It was an angel that passed and took the photo. I can only thank him.”
But the story doesn’t end there.
“People keep calling to say they want to help me, and I tell them I don’t want to take advantage of their goodwill. I just need food for my children … I want to work with dignity,” said Costa.
Politicians have also taken notice. A local lawmaker from the Socialism and Liberty Party saw the photo and put the family in contact with the human rights commission of Rio’s legislative assembly to follow up with additional support.
Canadian convicted of killing Chinese student not to be released due to COVID-19: authority
“Mr. Magnotta is not eligible, under law, for any form of parole until June 4, 2034,” the Correctional Service of Canada said in a statement to American tabloid news website TMZ, which reported the wish from Magnotta’s mother, Anna Yourkin, that her son be released from the prison where he is serving a life sentence for Lin’s murder.
The maximum-security facility located in the province of Quebec where Magnotta is being held reportedly had 15 inmates tested positive for COVID-19. Fifteen prison employees have also contracted COVID-19.
Born Eric Clinton Kirk Newman to teenage parents in Toronto on July 24, 1982, he later changed his name to Luka Rocco Magnotta when he pursued a dead-end career as an actor and model.
Magnotta was convicted on charges including the first-degree murder of Jun Lin, a computer engineering student at Concordia University, in 2012 in Montreal, committing indignities to Lin’s body and broadcasting obscene materials.
Magnotta was also found guilty of dismembering Lin and mailing body parts to Canadian political parties and to two elementary schools.
In Canada, a first-degree murder conviction stipulates an automatic life sentence with no possibility of parole for 25 years.
Tennis: Japan’s Osaka using lockdown to conquer inner demons
Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka is using the novel coronavirus shutdown as one of self-reflection to try and overcome her crippling shyness.
The tennis season was suspended in early March, due to COVID-19 outbreak and the hiatus will continue until at least mid-July with many countries in lockdown to contain the virus.
Japan’s Osaka, who trains in the U.S., the country worst affected by the flu-like virus with over 1.4 million infections and more than 83,000 deaths, is taking advantage of the extended break to do some soul searching.
Petra Kvitova said last year Osaka would have to get used to having a target on her back after the Japanese said she struggled to deal with increased scrutiny in the wake of her rise to the top of the world rankings.
“Most of the regrets are because I don’t speak out about what I’m thinking. I feel like if I asserted myself, I would have gotten the opportunity to see what would have happened,” Osaka said.
Osaka, who became the first Japanese player to attain the world number one ranking following her 2019 Australian Open victory, believes tennis is not a top priority at the moment.
“I want to take this time to learn something new because I’m pretty sure I won’t have this much free time ever again. It’s not like I’ll forget how to play tennis,” the world number 10 added.
With no access to gyms and tennis courts, the 22-year-old found a training partner in former world number one Venus Williams, with the two sharing a workout session on social media.
“I don’t want to train five hours a day right now because I think that’s how you get burned out and you never know when tournaments will start again,” Osaka said.
“I did an Instagram live with Venus just now. It was kind of more intense than I thought it was going to be.
“For some reason I thought we were going to be stretching, but yeah, we were doing a bit of movement drills and then lunges and stuff.”
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Report: NBA gaining ‘momentum’ toward return
Per the report, owners and executives were encouraged about the league’s steps toward returning safely amid the coronavirus pandemic and about positive conversations with the National Basketball Players Association.
The report added that Silver emphasised that in order for a return to occur, all parties would need to accept that a single positive test for COVID-19 would not derail the season.
If a positive test would “shut us down, we probably shouldn’t go down this path,” Silver said, per Wojnarowski.
The report added that it remains unclear at what point numerous positive tests would impact the schedule.
Wojnarowski also reported that the format for the return play remains unknown, in terms of regular-season or playoff structure.
The NBA also reportedly continues to vet the possibility of holding all games in neutral sites, with Orlando and Las Vegas the leading candidates, in what Silver referred to as a “campus environment.”
Both Wojnarowski and The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that the NBA aims to decide within two to four weeks whether to restart the season.
A potential roadblock to the proposed resumption is that the league doesn’t believe “rapid response testing” will be readily available inside of a month.
Earlier Tuesday, the NBPA informally polled players to gauge where they stand on restarting the season, Wojnarowski reported.
NBPA regional representatives began asking players to respond to a “yes or no” question about their desire to return to the court during the coronavirus pandemic, sources told Wojnarowski.
Some teams were asked the question in group texts, per the report, and names of the players and their individual responses will be kept confidential.
However, in a statement to The Athletic, the NBPA said it “is not engaging in and has not authorized any formal poll of its players.”
NBPA executive director Michele Roberts, executive committee members including President Chris Paul and other players held a conference call Friday with Silver to discuss various topics related to resuming play, chiefly health and finances.
Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reported Paul held a private conference call with superstars across the league on Tuesday, with all wanting to resume the season at some point.
Per the report, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook were all on the call, and “all parties were in agreement to take the court with proper safety measures” once that proves possible.
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