'Dead Famous DNA' says that the star had a genetic disease

A television show is claiming to have discovered the true cause of Elvis Presley‘s death.

The music legend passed away in 1977 at the age of 42. Presley officially died of a heart attack, however, Channel 4’s Dead Famous DNA has suggested that the singer suffered from heart muscle disease, reports The Guardian. Tests were done on a lock of the singer’s hair, which was acquired through a friend of Elvis’ barber and the results were analysed by Dr Stephen Kingsmore in Kansas.

Kingsmore said that it could be the genetic disease and not Presley’s unhealthy lifestyle in his later life that could be to blame for his early death. During the show, presenter Mark Evans comments: “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.”

However, Evans states that they cannot be totally sure that the hair they were testing is from Elvis, saying: “I’m massively confident that it’s Elvis’ DNA, but I can’t prove it. I can’t tell you 100 per cent that is Elvis’ DNA. That’s not possible.”