Carrie Fisher’s autopsy results reveal a cocktail of drugs
It's been just under six months since Hollywood actress, writer and Star Wars pin-up Carrie Fisher passed away aged 60. According to the official toxicology report, obtained from the Los Angeles County coroner's office on Monday by People, Fisher had heroin, cocaine, methadone, ethanol, opiates and remote exposure to MDMA (ecstasy) in her system when she died on December 27.
"Based on the available toxicological information, we cannot establish the significance of the multiple substances that were detected in Ms. Fisher's blood and tissue, with regard to the cause of death," said the report. "The exposure to cocaine took place sometime approximately in the last 72 hours of the sample that was obtained," it went on. The toxicology test also found traces of anti-depressants and antihistamines in Fisher's system.
A report stating her official cause of death was released on Friday, saying her "manner of death has been ruled undetermined," with sleep apnea and other undetermined factors at play. Fisher was flying from London to LA on December 23 when she went into cardiac arrest. After being rushed to hospital she passed away on December 27. Her mother Debbie Reynolds followed the day after.
The infamous Princess Leia star was open about her struggles with drug addiction and bipolar disorder, writing and speaking about them often. She began smoking marijuana at age 13 and went on to experiment with drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy. Her surviving brother Todd Fisher responded to the official cause of death by saying that her drug and mental health issues "slowly but surely put her health in jeopardy over many, many years," he said. "I honestly hoped we would grow old together, but after her death, nobody was shocked."
Fisher's daughter, actress Billie Lourd released this exclusive statement 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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