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Constipation killed Elvis, admits his personal doctor

Any remaining mystery surrounding the passing of the King of Rock 'n' Roll may now finally be put to bed.

After 32 years of far-fetched conspiracy theories and countless ‘The King is Alive’ headlines, Elvis Presley's death has now been attributed to a chronic illness he suffered in silence with for many years — constipation.

Despite much speculation the world over around the validity of his death, it seems the real mystery may have been missed — the cause of his death.

Rather than an irregular heartbeat, as had previously been reported, his personal doctor has now revealed in a book that Elvis died of chronic constipation. Dr George Nichopoulos, Elvis's doctor for the last 12 years of his life, said the debilitating illness caused the legend severe problems.

The doctor, who attempted to resuscitate the 42-year-old on the day of his death, said it wasn't until the autopsy that he realised how severe the constipation had been. “After he died we weren’t sure (of his cause of death) so I continued to do some research and I had some doctors call me from different places and different medical schools that were doing research on constipation and different problems you can get into with it,” Dr Nichopoulos said.

“I just want to get the story straight — it all made sense with the new research that was done,” he said.

He said that although he offered Elvis a colostomy to remove part of his bowel, his pride meant he rejected the treatment.

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Dr Nichopoulos believes if Elvis had undergone the treatment he might still be alive today.

“He would get embarrassed, he’d have accidents on stage,” the doctor said. “So if they had done the colostomy then, he’d probably still be here.

“But it wasn’t acceptable treatment at that time. Now the treatment is short.”

Dr Nichopoulos also said Elvis's weight gain in the years before his death was at least partly due to his constipation.

“During the last few years we were going back and comparing pictures, some of them were taken just two weeks apart but he looked like he’d gained 20 pounds when the only difference was that he had a good healthy bowel movement and then lost a lot of weight from that,” he said.

Elvis died on August 16, 1977 at the age of just 42. His body was found in the bathroom at his home Graceland.

The doctor recently released his book The King And Dr Nick, about his time with Elvis.

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