Lisa Marie Presley – the only child of rock n’ roll legend Elvis – died from a small bowel obstruction, it has finally been revealed.
Presley’s death on January 12 was “sequelae” or an aftereffect of the obstruction, the Los Angeles County medical examiner’s office has ruled.
The 54-year-old’s cause of death was natural, the office said.
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An autopsy report obtained on Thursday by NBC News stated the obstruction was “in the form of a strangulated small bowel caused by adhesions that developed after bariatric surgery years ago”.
The issue is a known complication of that type of surgery, the report said.
Presley also had “therapeutic levels” of the pain reliever oxycodone and trace amounts of other substances in her blood, which did not contribute to her death, the report stated.
She had complained about abdominal pain in the months before her death, and the morning before she was found unresponsive at her home, according to the autopsy report and a coroner investigator’s narrative.
Her housekeeper sounded the alarm after finding her boss unresponsive at her home in Calabasas, California.
Presley was rushed to the West Hills Hospital and Medical Centre but died shortly after.
“What’s the address of your emergency?” the 911 operator could be heard asking in her harrowing call.
The housekeeper, clearly distraught, struggled to get her words out, making it difficult for the operator to know where to send paramedics.
“Ma’am, is there someone else with you right now? I can hear him better than I can hear you,” the operator said.
The other man – believed to be Presley’s ex-husband Danny Keogh – then got on the line.
“Sir, listen, parademics are already on the way,” the operator said, before asking if there was anything they needed to know about gaining entry to the residence.