Carrie Fisher’s daughter says “drug addiction” was cause of death


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Carrie Fisher; Billie Lourd

Carrie Fisher; Billie Lourd (Credit: Getty/Jason Merritt)

Following an autopsy report that revealed the presence of illicit drugs in Carrie Fisher’s system at the time of her December 2016 death, the “Star Wars” actress’ daughter Billie Lourd has released a touching statement to People magazine.

“My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life,” wrote Lourd. “She ultimately died of it.”

Lourd, who has been vocal about her mother’s struggle with mental illness and drug addiction in the past, went on to say:

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.

The autopsy report released Monday by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office revealed that Fisher may have used cocaine three days before her initial cardiac episode on while on a flight from London to her home of Los Angeles December 23, 2016. She died December four days later in the UCLA Medical Center.

As well, Traces of heroin, MDMA, and other opiates were detected in Fisher’s system, but investigators have been unable to determine when she had taken them. Coroner’s officials attributed Fisher’s death to sleep apnea and other various factors, such as the buildup of fatty tissues in her arteries.

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