Lisa Marie Presley, the only child of the legendary rock ‘n’ roll singer Elvis Presley, died of natural causes on January 12, 2023, at the age of 54. Her death shocked and saddened her fans and family, who remembered her as a talented singer and songwriter in her own right. But what exactly caused her death, and how did it relate to a weight-loss surgery she had undergone years ago? Here is what we know so far.
The Autopsy Report
According to CNN, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office released an autopsy report on July 14, 2023, that revealed the official cause of Presley’s death. The report stated that she died of a “sequelae of a small bowel obstruction”, which is a blockage in the small intestine that can prevent food and fluids from passing through. The report also said that the obstruction was caused by “adhesions (or, scar tissue) that developed after bariatric surgery years ago”. Bariatric surgery is a type of weight-loss surgery that reduces the size of the stomach or bypasses part of the digestive system to help people lose weight.
The report added that Presley had “therapeutic” levels of oxycodone, quetapine metabolite, and buprenorphine in her blood at the time of her death, but these medications were not contributory to her death. Oxycodone is a painkiller, quetapine metabolite is used to treat depression and bipolar disorder, and buprenorphine is also a painkiller that can be used to treat opioid addiction. The report concluded that Presley died of natural causes and that there was no evidence of injury or foul play.
The Complications of Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric surgery is a common and effective treatment for obesity, but it also carries some risks and complications. One of these complications is the formation of adhesions, which are bands of scar tissue that can stick together different parts of the abdomen after surgery. Adhesions can cause pain, inflammation, infection, or obstruction in the bowel or other organs. According to the Mayo Clinic, adhesions are one of the most common causes of small bowel obstruction, which affects about 2% of people who have abdominal surgery.
Small bowel obstruction can be a life-threatening condition if not treated promptly. It can cause bowel tissue to die or perforate, leading to infection, sepsis, or shock. The symptoms of small bowel obstruction include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea. The treatment for small bowel obstruction usually involves surgery to remove the blockage and repair any damage to the bowel.
According to Dr. Michael Camilleri, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic who spoke to CNN, the medications that Presley was taking may have worsened her condition by slowing down the motility of the intestine and making it more likely for it to get obstructed by the adhesions. He also said that adhesions can happen to anyone who has abdominal surgery and that they are not necessarily related to the quality or outcome of the surgery.
The Final Days of Lisa Marie Presley
Lisa Marie Presley was born on February 1, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. She was the only child of Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley, who divorced when she was five years old. She inherited her father’s musical talent and released three albums over the course of her career: To Whom It May Concern (2003), Now What (2005), and Storm & Grace (2012). She also collaborated with other artists such as Michael Jackson, Billy Corgan, and Richard Hawley.
Presley was also known for her four high-profile marriages: to musician Danny Keough (1988-1994), pop star Michael Jackson (1994-1996), actor Nicolas Cage (2002-2004), and producer Michael Lockwood (2006-2016). She had four children: Riley Keough (born 1989), Benjamin Keough (born 1992), and twins Harper Vivienne Ann Lockwood and Finley Aaron Love Lockwood (born 2008).
Presley’s life was marked by personal tragedies and struggles. She battled drug addiction, depression, and financial problems. She lost her son Benjamin to suicide in July 2020 at the age of 27. She was also involved in a legal dispute with her former manager over allegations of mismanagement and fraud.
Presley’s last public appearance was on January 10, 2023, two days before her death. She attended the Golden Globes ceremony in Los Angeles with her daughter Riley Keough, who was nominated for best supporting actress for her role in The Devil All The Time. Presley looked radiant and happy as she posed for photos with her daughter on the red carpet.
On the morning of January 12, 2023, Presley complained of abdominal pain and was rushed to a hospital in Calabasas, California, where she was pronounced dead after suffering a cardiac arrest. Her death was mourned by her family, friends, and fans, who paid tribute to her legacy and memory. She was buried next to her son Benjamin at Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley in Memphis.