Addiction

Autopsy found cocaine, heroin and MDMA in Carrie Fisher’s system

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Iconic Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher died on December 23, 2016 after going into cardiac arrest while aboard a flight. A new report by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office reveals that she had a bevy of drugs in her system at the time of her death.

According to The Associated Press, coroner’s officials found traces of cocaine, heroin, other opiates, and MDMA, but they could not say if the drugs had any impact on Fisher’s death. Officials determined that Fisher died from sleep apnea and a “combination of other factors” — like a build-up of fatty tissues on her arteries.

“Ms. Fisher suffered what appeared to be a cardiac arrest on the airplane accompanied by vomiting and with a history of sleep apnea,” the report states, according to the AP. “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.”

During her lifetime, Fisher spoke often about her struggles with drug addiction and mental illness. “My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life,” Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, said in a statement to People. “She ultimately died of it.  She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases.”

Read more at The Associated Press.

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