Six months after Lisa Marie Presley died in January at the age of 54, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office released its autopsy report.
The coroner’s office said on its online records portal that Presley’s death was caused by a “sequela of small bowel obstruction.” His way of dying was listed as natural.
According to the National Institutes of Health, “Small bowel obstruction is a common surgical emergency due to mechanical blockage of the bowel…the leading cause in the developed world is intra-abdominal adhesions.”
People magazine obtained the full autopsy report, which noted that Presley developed the condition after bariatric surgery several years ago. The obstruction was caused by adhesions that developed after her weight loss surgery.
“This is a known long-term complication of this type of surgery,” assistant medical examiner Dr. Juan Carrillo noted in the report.
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Presley also had therapeutic levels of oxycodone and buprenorphine, a drug used to treat pain as well as opioid overuse, in his system, according to the toxicology report. Although the report noted that the drugs did not contribute to his death.
Presley died after apparently going into cardiac arrest on January 12 and being hospitalized. The autopsy report indicates that she had complained of abdominal pain the morning of her death.
Dr. Folasade P. May, associate professor of medicine at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and director of the Melvin and Bren Simon Gastroenterology Quality Improvement Program, told CNN Thursday that he believes Presley “has developed a heart because she had a serious complication of small bowel obstruction.
Presley was the only child of the late Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley.
“It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us,” Priscilla said in a statement in January. “She was the most passionate, strong and loving woman I have ever known. We ask for confidentiality as we try to come to terms with this profound loss. Thank you for the love and prayers.
Lisa Marie Presley, singer and philanthropist, is survived by her twin daughters Harper and Finley Lockwood, 15, and daughter Riley Keough, 34. His son Benjamin Keough died by suicide in 2020 at age 27.
Keough was nominated for an Emmy Award this week in Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or TV Movie for her role in Daisy Jones and the Six.
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