Lisa Marie Presley’s Cause Of Death Has Been Revealed

Elvis Presley’s only child died at the age of 54 on Jan. 12.

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Lisa Marie Presley on the red carpet.
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Elvis Presley’s only child Lisa Marie Presley died on Jan. 12, after reportedly experiencing cardiac arrest. She was 54. At the time, her mother Priscilla Presley confirmed her death in a statement to People. “It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us,” she said. “She was the most passionate strong and loving woman I have ever known. 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.”

On July 14, new details emerged regarding Lisa Marie’s passing. Her cause of death has been ruled as a small bowel obstruction, according to the Los Angeles County medical examiner's office, via NBC News. An autopsy report revealed that the bowel obstruction was “caused by adhesions that developed after bariatric surgery years ago.”

On Jan. 12, Presley was rushed to a California hospital after experiencing a cardiac arrest. Sources told TMZ that EMTs responded to a call from her Calabasas home and performed CPR on the singer before transporting her to a nearby hospital. Paramedics were reportedly able to regain a pulse before she was transported to the ICU in the morning. Later that afternoon, TMZ reported that she is on life support, and sources told the outlet that she is in an induced coma and in critical condition.

Presley’s mother Priscilla sent a message on her Facebook page, confirming that her daughter was rushed to the hospital without specifying the cause and asking for prayers and privacy. “My beloved daughter Lisa Marie was rushed to the hospital,” she wrote. “She is now receiving the best care. Please keep her and our family in your prayers. We feel the prayers from around the world, and ask for privacy during this time.”

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The reports came just days after the 54-year-old attended the 2023 Golden Globes on Jan. 10, alongside her mother Priscilla, to support Elvis, the Baz Luhrmann-directed biopic about her famous father. Austin Butler, who portrayed the rock ’n’ roll icon, won the Golden Globe award for Best Leading Actor in a Drama and gave a shout-out to the mother-daughter duo in his acceptance speech. “Thank you for opening your hearts, your memories, your home to me,” he said, as they watched from the audience. “Lisa Marie, Priscilla, I love you forever.”

Lisa Marie was a mother of four children, including actor Riley Keough, 33, and the late Michael Keough, who she welcomed with her first husband Danny Keough. Twenty days after splitting from Keough in 1994, she married Michael Jackson, whom she was with for more than a year before the pair separated in January 1996. Presley went on to wed Nicholas Cage in 2002 but the pair only stayed together for three months before filing for divorce. In 2006, she married Michael Lockwood, with whom she welcomed twins Harper and Finley Lockwood, 14, before they divorced in 2021.

Elvis died in 1977, when his daughter was only 9 years old. In 2022, Presley recalled learning a new quote from her father at a new Graceland exhibit in Memphis that she never knew. “There was a quote on the wall as I was leaving the exhibit, it said something like: ‘Becoming a father is the best thing that's ever happened to me,’” she recalled to Lorraine. “I knew there was a great love there. There was a really strong connection there since the minute I can remember. It kind of reinstates what I felt was the truth, which is that I felt like I was the most important thing to him.”

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