Lisa Marie Presley’s cause of death deferred by coroner as chilling 911 call released
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Lisa Marie Presley‘s cause of death has not yet been determined after an initial autopsy examination, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner.
“Presley was examined on January 14 and the cause of death was deferred. Deferred means that after an autopsy, a cause of death has not been determined and the medical examiner is requesting more investigation into the death, including additional studies. Once the tests/studies come back, the doctor evaluates the case again and makes the cause of death determination,” Sarah Ardalani, spokesperson with the LA County Dept. of Medical Examiner-Coroner told CNN.
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The singer and songwriter died last week after being hospitalised following an apparent cardiac arrest. She was 54.
On Wednesday, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta explained that there could be a multitude of reasons for the deferral.
“There are things on an initial autopsy, trauma, stroke, significant infections, blood clots, pulmonary embolism,” he said. “If you see those and they’re obvious within the initial physical autopsy, they may come back with a cause of death. But there are things that are deferred.”
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“They may want to evaluate more medical records and get more history,” he added.
The update comes after a chilling 911 audio call to ambulance services following Presley’s cardiac arrest was obtained by the New York Post.
In the January 12 audio, Presley’s housekeeper sounded frantic as she struggled to give 911 operators directions to the star’s Calabasas home in LA.
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“What’s the address of your emergency?” the operator asked, to which the housekeeper responded she didn’t know the closest street corner.
The operator then requests to speak with “someone else there”, and a man believed to be Presley’s ex-husband Danny Keough – who is currently living at the residence – got on the line.
“There’s a security gate in the neighborhood, but they’ll just let them through,” he said. “How close are they? How far are they?”
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The operator admitted he had “no idea”, but paramedics could soon be heard arriving at the home by the end of the call.
It’s believed paramedics performed CPR on Presley before transporting her to West Hills Hospital and Medical Center, where she was placed under life support. Sadly, she suffered another cardiac and passed away.
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