Carrie Fisher, the beautiful Princess Leia in the Star Wars film serious died due to drug overdose.
Three days after Fisher’s death, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office released her autopsy report. The report showed Fisher had several drugs in her blood, including MDMA, cocaine and heroine.
Drugs were reported to be in Fisher’s system when she became ill last December on board a flight. According to the Associate Press’s reports on the autopsy, “Ms. Fisher suffered what appeared to be a cardiac arrest on the airplane accompanied by vomiting and a history of sleep apnea.” The autopsy also stated “ 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.”
In addition to the toxicological information stated in the autopsy report, the coroner’s office also stated there was a build up of fatty tissue in the arteries. This was a considerable factor in Fisher’s death.
The Friday after Fisher’s death, Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd made a brief statement to People without any disbelief. Billie Lourd addressed her mother’s drug addiction and mental illness throughout her life. “My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it”, said Lourd.
Fisher’s brother, Todd Fisher, also made a statement to the Los Angeles Times that her death was no surprise. Todd Fisher is not surprised his sister “slowly but surely put her health in jeopardy over many, many years.” He continues on to say “I honestly hoped we would grow old together…but after her death nobody was shocked.”
In 2013 Carrie Fisher told the Herald-Tribute “I never could take alcohol.” Fisher said “I always said I was allergic to alcohol-an allergy of the body and a obsession of the mind. By the time I was 21 it was LSD. I didn’t love cocaine, but I wanted to feel any way other than the way I did, so I’d do anything.”
In 2001 Fisher also told Psychology Today “Drugs made me feel more normal.”
After her death, daughter, Billie Lourd hopes her mother’s death will encourage others suffering from the same mental illness and addictions to find solutions and a cure.