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Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of the legend Elvis Presley, suddenly died at the age of 54. The medical examiner in Los Angeles determined the cause of death was “small bowel obstruction.”

This obstruction was caused by scar tissue that developed after she had bariatric surgery years ago. The report concluded that her death was “natural.”

Throughout her life, Presley struggled with a number of health problems, including opioid addiction, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and serious back pain.

Presley became addicted to opioids after the birth of her twin daughters in 2008. She had been prescribed the medication for pain, but she became dependent on it. She eventually sought treatment for her addiction and was sober for several years before her death.

Presley was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her early 20s. She struggled with the condition throughout her life, and she often spoke about how it affected her mental health.

On January 12, 2023, emergency paramedics responded to a call from her California home and performed CPR as she was not breathing. She was rushed to the hospital.

Lisa was 9 years old when her father died at their Graceland home. In August of 1977, Elvis Presley was found unconscious in his Graceland mansion. He was pronounced dead at age 42. 

Just days before her death, Lisa Marie Presley was at the 80th Golden Globe Awards with her mother, Priscilla. At the award show, Hollywood actor Austin Butler won his first Golden Globe for best actor following his portrayal of Elvis Presley.

While at her home in Calabasas, she went into “full arrest.” Paramedics were able to regain a pulse before she arrived at the hospital. Epinephrine was administered at the scene.

Lisa Presley owned and operated Elvis Presley Enterprises until 2005 when the company was sold. Following in father’s legacy, she worked as a singer and songwriter while also having three children.

Lisa Presley dropped out of high school as a teenager and entered rehab after she had started to use drugs. She met musician Danny Keough in rehab and they later married in 1998. The pair divorced in 1994 after six years of marriage.

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Lisa Presley remarried singer Michael Jackson, a marriage that would last less than two years. She married actor Nicholas Cage in 2022, but the marriage ended less than four months later.