How did Elvis Presley Die?

On August 16, 1977, one of the greatest pop singers in history – Elvis Presley, was found dying on the bathroom floor at his own house, Graceland, in Memphis. At 3:30 pm, he died forever at the age of 42 at Baptist Memorial Hospital.

What killed Elvis Presley?

The cause of death was recorded as cardiac arrhythmia, a situation that can be determined only in a person who is still alive. Were there claims of a cover-up around his death? Why didn’t his addiction to the drugs codeine, Valium, morphine, and Demerol get recorded? His main physician, Dr. George Nichopoulos, was absolved of criminal liability for the famous singer’s death. But the truth of his death was startling. The Tennessee Medical Board, which was hired to investigate the case, found that Nichopoulos had given him more than 10000 doses of drugs, sedatives, and amphetamines just in the first 8 months of 1977. After that, Nichopoulos was suspended for 3 months by the medical board. In 1995, his own license was permanently revoked.

In 1994, coroner Dr. Joseph Davis carried out the Presley autopsy again to determine clearly the cause of his death and then stated “There is almost nothing in any of the data that will support a death from drugs. Actually, everything seems to point  to a sudden and violent heart attack.” Polypharmacy undoubtedly contributed to Elvis’s premature death, even if it was not the final cause. If Polypharmacy was not the final cause to take his life at the age of 42, it definitely contributed to his premature death.

Michael Baden, a famous forensic historian and pathologist, saw the situation at a more complex level : “Because of Elvis’ drug habit that caused his death, he had had a bigger heart for a long time. But he was difficult to diagnose; it was really a judgment call.”

The King and Dr.Nick

Nichopoulos, who is known as Elvis’s personal physician during the last 12 years of his life, certainly claimed that chronic constipation killed Elvis in his own book The King and Dr. Nick.
In 2010, he stated in a Fox News interview: “Just until the autopsy, we only realized that his constipation was really bad. Although we knew about it, it was difficult for us to treat. In fact, we couldn’t realize what it had done”

According to his autopsy, the diameter of Elvis’s colon is eventually about double the size of the typical person’s, that was was 5 to 6 inches. About the length of his colon, it was 8 to 9 feet, instead of being 4 to 5 feet.

“We also found stool in his colon which had been there for several months because the motility of the bowel is too bad.”

Nichopoulos said that because of the condition called bowel paralysis, he had difficulty defecating.

“He would likely get embarrassed,” he said. “There had been some accidents onstage. We were trying to treat his constipation by our way, so he’d have to change clothes and then come back.”

In the early 1970s, if we want to treat the problem completely, that would have required performing a colostomy. However, Elvis didn’t want to do it. Nichopoulos said: “He’d probably still be alive if they had operated the colostomy then.”

Elvis Presley’s Funeral

On Thursday, August 18, Presley’s funeral was held at Graceland, attended by approximately 80,000 people. They lined together the processional route to Forest Hill National Cemetery. Outside the entrances, a group of fans were plowed into by a car, killing two women and critically injuring a third. Presley was buried close to his mother. Later in August, someone attempted to steal his body, which warned  authorities to exhume and rebury the remains of not only Elvis Presley but also his mother in Graceland’s Meditation Garden.