Carrie Fisher’s autopsy report was released Monday and reveals that the actress had cocaine in her system at the time she went into cardiac arrest on a flight from London to Los Angeles in December.
According to the report, via the L.A. Times, Fisher may have taken cocaine three days before December 23, the day of her flight. She died in hospital four days later. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds, died a day later from a stroke.
Investigators have not been able to determine the impact of the cocaine or the other drugs found in Fisher’s system, including heroin, ecstasy and opiates, along with alcohol.
Fisher’s official cause of death has been ruled as sleep apnea and a combination of other factors. The coroner’s statement also cited those other conditions as “atherosclerotic heart disease, drug use.”
Billie Lourd, 24, Fisher’s only child, responded to the news to People: “My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it. She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases. She talked about the shame that torments people and their families confronted by these diseases. I know my Mom, she’d want her death to encourage people to be open about their struggles. Seek help, fight for government funding for mental health programs. Shame and those social stigmas are the enemies of progress to solutions and ultimately a cure. Love you Momby.”
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Having lived with bipolar disorder throughout her life and career, Fisher was very vocal about her mental health and her struggle with addiction.
Fisher’s brother Todd commented on the news as well, saying his sister’s mental health “slowly but surely put her health in jeopardy over many, many years. I honestly hoped we would grow old together, but after her death, nobody was shocked.”
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