Coroner: Cocaine among drugs found in Carrie Fisher's system

Carla Harmon
June 19, 2017

The Los Angeles County medical examiner's office has released a summary of its findings into the death of "Star Wars" actress Carrie Fisher. She died four days later at a hospital.

As Crime Online previously reported, the coroner said that Fisher died of sleep apnea and possible other causes, including drug use and clogged arteries.

AP also report that the document "states that while heroin is detectable in the system for a briefer period of time, investigators could not determine when Fisher took it or the ecstasy".

Coroner: Cocaine among drugs found in Carrie Fisher's system

The report showed that she may have taken cocaine three days before she boarded the December 23 flight that she fell ill on. Her mother, Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds, died the following day. It's also not known what the impact of the drugs had on her death, according to the Associated Press.

"Ms. Fisher suffered what appeared to be a cardiac arrest on the airplane accompanied by vomiting and with a history of sleep apnea", the autopsy states.

Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, reacted to the news in a statement to People, saying: "My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding those diseases". It's unclear if the substances in her system contributed to her death. "Seek help, fight for government funding for mental health programs".

Carrie Fisher's death will change the direction of "Star Wars: Episode IX".

"I am not shocked that part of her health was affected by drugs", Todd Fisher said.

Fisher has said that she first smoked marijuana at 13, experimented with LSD by 21, and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 24.

It says her sleep apnoea was caused by "multiple drug intake, significance not ascertained".

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