Disturbing Details Found In Elvis Presley's Autopsy Report

Elvis Presley's death in 1977 at the age of just 42 shocked his fans in America and the across world. While there were a number of distasteful qualities to Presley's personality known both at the time and which emerged years later, he was nevertheless still a major American artist and left millions of people in mourning. In the final years of his life Elvis struggled with many significant health problems, the most severe of which were facilitated by his wealth and an enabling doctor who gave Presley whatever medication or drug The King wanted.

While this alone was more than enough to kill someone, the many drugs detected in his system were not cited as the immediate cause of Presley's death. Instead, according to the medical examiner's report, Presley's death was the result of his extremely poor cardiovascular health (via Preslaw). In hindsight, this is actually not too surprising, as Presley's incredibly unhealthy diet of 12,000 calories a day — 11 times the recommended daily intake of an average person — not only left him overweight but with extremely high blood pressure (via The Star).

While Elvis officially died of a heart attack, the contributing factors were numerous

It is relatively well documented in pop culture that Elvis died while on the toilet, but the specifics of how he died are not as well known. While Elvis could have been killed by his habits at any time (and almost was, as he suffered through four prior overdoses), according to PBS the catalyst for his heart failure was likely a bowel blockage. Presley had been treated for constipation several months prior, which the autopsy verified upon observing his enlarged and impacted colon (via NBC). One side effect of opiate abuse is severe (Dr. Howard Markel termed it "savage") constipation (per PBS), and Elvis had been abusing opiates for years.

The moments before Presley's death were likely spent attempting to induce a successful bowel movement as he read a book. At some point his aorta, already overworked from his inhumanly unhealthy diet and certainly not helped by his drug use, was unable to cope with this final strain and left him to suffer through a fatal heart attack (via Mirror). His fiance Ginger Alden and manager Joseph Esposito attempted CPR, but the magnitude of Presley's lifestyle could not be overcome and he was pronounced dead that night.