Lisa Marie Presley’s Cause of Death Revealed
(CNN) — A report from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office said Thursday that Lisa Marie Presley’s cause of death last January was “aftermath of small bowel obstruction.” Small bowel obstruction refers to a blockage in the small intestine, often due to things like soft or scar tissue, a hernia, or cancer. Without surgery, it can cause intestinal tissue to die or perforate, leading to death.
Presley’s Autopsy Report
Presley’s autopsy report, obtained by CNN Thursday, includes the official opinion of Assistant Medical Examiner, Dr. Juan M. Carrillo, who attributed his small bowel obstruction to “adhesions that developed after bariatric surgery years ago. This is a known long-term complication of this type of surgery.” Carrillo also stated that he reviewed toxicology results from the autopsy, which showed “therapeutic” levels of oxycodone in Presley’s blood, meaning levels that are in the range of medically useful and not dangerous. It added that the metabolite of quetiapine and buprenorphine was found to be present, but that these “do not contribute to death.” Carrillo concluded that “there is no evidence of injury or crime. The manner of death is considered natural.”
Death of Lisa Marie Presley
Lisa Marie, the only daughter of the late Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley, died hours after being hospitalized following an apparent cardiac arrest on January 12. She was 54 years old.
Los Angeles County Fire Department spokeswoman Kaitlyn Aldana told CNN at the time that emergency services responded to a call in Agoura Hills, California at 10:37 am local time due to cardiac arrest. Aldana would not confirm the name of the patient, but said they were taken to a local hospital at 11:17 a.m.