Carrie Fisher Autopsy Reveals Multiple Drugs in Her System at Time of Death

Carrie Fisher Autopsy Reveals Multiple Drugs in Her System at Time of DeathCarrie Fisher had cocaine, heroin, alcohol, methadone, ethanol, morphine, ecstasy (MDMA) and other opiates in her system at the time of her death in December, according to a toxicology report released on Monday by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner.

Evidence suggest that Fisher was exposed to cocaine 72 hours prior to boarding an international flight on Dec. 23, 2016, where she went into cardiac arrest and died four days later. Although it is unclear when the drugs were taken, the coroner’s office said in a statement that it could not determine if they played a role in her death. The report showed that the clear factors attributed to the “Star Wars” actress’ passing included a combination of sleep apnea and heart disease.

Carrie Fisher’s History of Addiction

Fisher had been vocal about her struggles with drugs, alcohol and mental illness for many years. She was an advocate for removing the stigmas associated with these diseases. In an interview with Diane Sawyer in 2000, she revealed that she has been diagnosed with manic depression, also known as bipolar disorder. She said that at one point she was taking as many as 30 Percodan a day to

Carrie Fisher’s fans honor the late actress with a makeshift Hollywood walk of fame star that reads, “Carrie Fisher May The Force Be With You Always Hope”

try to suppress her manic state.

“I used to think I was a drug addict, pure and simple — just someone who could not stop taking drugs willfully. And I was that. But it turns out that I am severely manic depressive.” said Fisher.

Fisher chronicled her challenges with addiction and mental illness in her best-selling book, “Postcards From the Edge,” as well as in a memoir and her one-woman show both titled “Wishful Drinking.”

Fisher’s Daughter, Billie Lourd, Speaks Out about Mother’s Addiction

Billie Lourd, 24, Fisher’s only child, spoke out against the stigma of addiction in a statement released to People, and addressed the findings in Monday’s toxicology report.

My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life,” Lourd 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. 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.Billie Lourd

In response to the coroner’s report, the late actress’ brother, Todd Fisher, told The Associated Press, “There’s nothing about this that is enlightening. I am not shocked that part of her health was affected by drugs.”

Getting Help for Addiction

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Erica Loret de Mola

Erica Loret de Mola is a communications major who has been writing about addiction treatment for approximately three years. As content manager and editor in chief of Get Treatment, she strives to provide the most accurate and current information available to our clients.


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