LOS ANGELES — Authorities said Thursday that Lisa Marie Presley perished due to complications from bariatric surgery she had several years ago.
The singer, songwriter, and heir of Elvis Presley died of natural causes on January 12 at the age of 54 due to the effects of a minor bowel obstruction.
In an autopsy report published Thursday afternoon by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner, additional information regarding the cause of Presley’s death was provided.
According to the report, the complication that Elvis Presley encountered is a common complication of bariatric surgery, which is a procedure for weight loss. According to the Mayo Clinic, it is commonly performed when other weight loss methods have failed or when a person has a severe medical condition.
Paramedics responding to a 911 call from a woman in cardiac arrest at her residence rushed Presley to a Los Angeles hospital, where she passed away. There was no indication at the time as to what may have caused the medical issue.
She had earlier in the day complained of stomach distress, according to the autopsy report.
Graceland, where she resided with her father as a child and which is now a museum, tourist attraction, and shrine for Elvis fans, hosted her funeral on January 22.
Presley left behind three daughters, “Daisy Jones & the Six” actor Riley Keough, 34, and twins Harper and Finley Lockwood, both 15 years old. Benjamin Keough, a son, passed away in 2020.
Immediate after her death, it appeared that a significant legal battle would ensue over Elvis Presley’s estate. Four days after Lisa Marie Presley’s funeral, her mother, Priscilla Presley, filed court documents contesting a 2016 amendment to her daughter’s living trust that substituted her and a former business manager as trustees with her two eldest children.
In May, Priscilla Presley and Riley Keough, who is now the sole trustee, reached a settlement.
Wednesday marked Riley Keough’s first Emmy nomination, for best actress in a limited series or television movie for “Daisy Jones & the Six.”