Autopsy reveals Carrie Fisher had heroin, cocaine, ecstasy in her system
Following this weekend’s news from the LA County Coroner’s Office that Carrie Fisher’s cause of death was from a combination of difficulties, including sleep apnea, the Associated Press reported Monday afternoon that the 60-year-old had cocaine, heroin, and ecstasy in her system during her morning flight from London to Los Angeles on December 27.
The initial report from the coroner, via LA Times, noted Fisher’s “multiple drug intake” but at the time “the manner of death [had] been ruled undetermined.”
Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, told People she believes her mother’s past drug addiction was partly to blame. “My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life,” she said. “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,” Lourd’s statement continued. “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.”
Fisher’s mother, Debbie Reynolds, died one day later after suffering a severe stroke. Her last words were “I want to be with Carrie.”