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New TV claims over cause of Elvis 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.

The controversial show, Dead Famous DNA, has already hit the headlines after it emerged that TV bosses paid Holocaust denier David Irving thousands of euro for a lock of what was supposed to be Hitler's hair.

At an advance screening of the first episode in the new series, it was revealed that tests have also been performed on what could be bone from the Nazi leader's ribcage, while producers have discovered that the hair which they paid Irving £3,000 (€3,600) for had not come from the dictator.

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 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.

Presley, pictured, a junk food addict who relied heavily on prescription drugs, was known to have suffered from headaches, bad eyesight and ballooned in weight towards the end of his life.

Scientists said they found a variant known to cause hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – a heart disease which causes the thickening of the heart and a weakening of heart muscles.