Lisa Marie Presley Died Of Rare Surgery Complication, Autopsy States

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A full autopsy report detailing the death of Lisa Marie Presley was released Thursday, roughly six months after she died.

In documents obtained by multiple media outlets, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner, Dr. Juan M. Carrillo, revealed that Lisa Marie Presley’s death was caused by a “sequelae of a small bowel obstruction.” Carrillo concluded that the obstruction was caused by “adhesions (or, scar tissue) that developed after bariatric surgery years ago. This is a known long term complication of this type of surgery.”

Bariatric surgery is a weight loss surgery done when diet and exercise alone don’t work. These procedures can include gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy which limit the amount of food you can eat, or biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch that limits your food intake and reduces the absorption of nutrients, including fat and protein.


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The report also states that toxicology results showed the presence of quetapine metabolite (an antidepressant), buprenorphine (a pain killer) and “therapeutic” levels of oxycodone were present in her system, but “not contributory to death.” It was noted in the report that Presley had complained of abdominal pain, fevers, vomiting and nausea for months but did not seek medical attention.

“There is no evidence of injury or foul play. The manner of death is deemed natural,” the report concluded.

Lisa Marie Presley passed away in a Los Angeles area hospital shortly after being found unresponsive following suspected cardiac arrest on January 12. She was 54.


Lisa Marie Presley’s death was announce by her mother, Priscilla, who released a statement, saying:

“It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us. She was the most passionate, strong and loving woman I have ever known,” Priscilla Presley wrote. “We ask for privacy as we try to deal with this profound loss. Thank you for the love and prayers. At this time there will be no further comment.”

Lisa Marie Presley, the only daughter of Priscilla and the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, was only 4 when her famous dad passed away.

Lisa Marie used her platform to further her father’s legacy and committed her life to philanthropic endeavors. As chairperson of the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation, Lisa Marie, along with the team at Elvis Presley Enterprises, founded charities that included Presley Place, Elvis Presley Music Room, and the Elvis Presley Endowed Scholarship Fund at the College of Communication & Fine Arts at the University of Memphis.