DNA study might shed new light on Elvis’ death

He’s left the building and left DNA as well.

Channel 4 show ‘discovers cause of Elvis Presley’s death’

A Channel 4 show which attempts to sequence the DNA of historical figures from Adolf Hitler to Marilyn Monroe claims to have discovered what could have caused Elvis Presley’s early death.

DNA analysis on a hair sample thought to have come from the king of rock n’ roll, which was bought from a friend of the singer’s barber, has revealed that the Suspicious Minds singer could have suffered from a heart muscle disease.

The DNA results – analysed by Dr Stephen Kingsmore in Kansas – showed mutations, known as “variants”, which cause migraines, glaucoma and obesity.

Scientists also found a “crucial” variant known to cause hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – a heart muscle disease that causes thickening of the heart and weakening of the heart muscle.

Presley displayed many of the symptoms of this disease, including an irregular heartbeat, fatigue, fainting and high blood pressure.

This could be an interesting result if not for one minor flaw in their research. They’re not even sure that the DNA they have is actually Elvis’. They feel confident it’s Elvis’ hair but they can’t prove it.

As of now, the cause of Elvis’ death is said to have been a heart attack, most likely due to an overdose of prescription pills.

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  6 comments for “DNA study might shed new light on Elvis’ death

  1. Mark Richards
    March 26, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    “heart attack, most likely due to an overdose of prescription pills.” I think the foot-long deep-fried peanut butter and banana samiches might have contributed too.

  2. Chris
    March 27, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    “Scientists also found a “crucial” variant known to cause hypertrophic cardiomyopathy”

    Whoa. My oldest has this, and had to have open heart surgery. They did a genetic screening and he did not have one of the eighteen known sequences that cause (as of two years ago). It can be very sneaky, because the abnormal heart muscle growth can start anywhere between birth to a person’s mid-thirties.

    My kid’s abnormal muscle growth not only decreased the size of one of the chambers, it was shaped so if there was any exertion it would start to block the aortic valve (the abnormal pressures had damaged the mitral valve). So any exertion would cause a blood pressure drop as the aortic valve would be dropped. Then it also turns out that the electrical alignment of the cells is screwed up, so certain medications can affect heart beats… so the drugs would be an issue. (my kid gets migraines, and Imitrex is a big no no.

  3. Brian
    March 27, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    “They’re not even sure that the DNA they have is actually Elvis’. They feel confident it’s Elvis’ hair but they can’t prove it.”

    Guess they’ll have to wait till the DNA facial construction stuff gets perfected, huh?

  4. G
    March 27, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Wasn’t there someone caught, going around collecting hair to sell, claiming “Elvis’s barber gave me this hair”?

    That’s a really awkward phrasing and I apologize. I’m a little sick and I can’t manage to force it into more coherent shape.

    • March 27, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      Yeah I think it’s something like that. But again, this guy is only claiming it’s Elvis’ hair. He can’t confirm it.

  5. Jennifer
    April 25, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Yes! The whole premise of this TV show is ridiculous, as NONE of the samples they took were proven to come from the people in question. And you know what the worst thing about the Elvis ‘case’ was? They actually had the cheek to tell a man that he “definitely isn’t Elvis’ son” on the basis of this unproven sample. He now spends the rest of his life thinking his mother was a fantasist and liar. It is disgraceful in my opinion.

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