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Elvis Presley’s Real Cause Of Death Revealed

Mar 27, 2014 08:01 AM EDT
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(Photo : Reuters / Stringer) Scientists working with Channel 4's "Dead Famous DNA" revealed that Elvis Presley did not die because of his unhealthy lifestyle.

A television program on Channel 4 called "Dead Famous DNA" uncovered the real reason behind the death of Elvis Presley, Metro has learned. The famous performer died in 1977 at the age of 42 from what many people believe was a heart attack.

Presley's body was found motionless inside the bathroom of his Graceland mansion in Tennessee. His death was immediately attributed to his obesity and unhealthy lifestyle which consisted of consuming junk food and a variety of prescription drugs such as Morphine, Demerol, Placidyl and Valium.

But recently, with the help of his DNA, the makers behind the television program discovered that Elvis suffered from a heart muscle disease.

The DNA was taken from a strand of hair brought in by the friend of "The King's" barber and analyzed by Dr. Stephen Kingsmore of the Centre for Paediatric Genomic Medicine at the Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas.

Analysis of the strand indicated that the late singer suffered from mutations known as variants, which are known to cause glaucoma, obesity and migraines.

The symptoms of the mutations greatly coincides with Elvis' condition during his final years when he suddenly gained weight, had frequent headaches and developed poor eyesight.

Scientists also discovered a "crucial" variant in the DNA that causes hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a type of disease that thickens the heart and weakens its muscles.

In other words, the findings suggest that Elvis died due to a medical condition that was not brought about by his behavior.

After gathering the results of the study, Dr. Kingsmore commented, "There had been so much speculation about the cause of death, and so much ill spoken of his lifestyle and we had this intriguing finding that possibly Elvis had a medical illness."

The Elvis Presley episode of "Dead Famous DNA" premiered last Tuesday, March 25, according to The Guardian.

The program's presenter, Mark Evans said, "For years, Elvis has been blamed for his own death, for overeating or overdosing on drugs. Both of these addictions wouldn't have helped. But it seemed Elvis had a flaw in his DNA."

"The one thing that no one has ever, ever looked at is the one bit of him that he couldn't fabricate, he couldn't influence. He couldn't change his DNA. His DNA was what he was...the DNA can't lie," Evans added.

The producers of the show have sent the results of the study to Elvis' daughter, Lisa Marie Presley. They are still waiting for a response.

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