- Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis Presley’s daughter, died in early January at the age of 54.
- The star was rushed to the hospital the same day she died.
- The Los Angeles County medical examiner determined the cause of death was a small bowel obstruction.
Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of rock and roll superstar Elvis Presley, died because of a “sequelae of a small bowel obstruction,” the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner reported on Thursday.
She died on January 12, 2023, after a brief hospitalization at the age of 54. According to a Facebook post from her mother Priscilla Presley, earlier the same day, Lisa Marie Presley was rushed to the hospital.
A small bowel obstruction is a dangerous condition resulting from a block in one’s intestine, which prevents food or liquid from moving normally through the intestinal system. They can be caused by a number of factors, including hernias, inflammation, or certain medications, according to the Mayo Clinic, and, without immediate medical attention, can cause tissue death in the bowels, which may be fatal. The word “sequela,” as defined by Merriam-Webster, is an aftereffect or secondary result of a disease, injury, or other condition.
Presley, born February 1, 1968, was the only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley.
Surrounded by media attention as she grew up, Lisa Marie went on to have her own successful career, producing three studio albums over the course of her life.
“It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us,” Priscilla Presley said in a statement shortly after Lisa Marie’s death. “She was the most passionate, strong, and loving woman I have ever known.”
She is survived by her mother Priscilla, 77, her daughter Riley Keough, 33, and twin daughters Finley and Harper Lockwood, 14.