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Presley was also “straining very hard to have a bowel movement — a maneuver that put a great amount of pressure on his heart and aorta,” Markel notes. “Thus, he likely died of a massive heart attack and keeled over onto the floor. But Elvis was not suffering from garden-variety constipation at the time of his death. Indeed, his medicine chest was filled with amber-colored, white-topped vials of medications, in doses no responsible doctor would have prescribed.”

Markel adds: “Presley was a long-time abuser of opiates, which not only kill pain but also cause savage constipation.”

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