By: Paco Lopez
Carrie Fisher had a combination of drugs in her system according to the final autopsy report from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office, which was released today (June 19th). At the time of her death, the coroner says those narcotics included cocaine, heroin and ecstasy.
Fisher, was found to have tested positive for “cocaine, methadone, ethanol and opiates.”
The actress was hospitalized after she fell ill on December 23rd of last year during a long flight from London to L.A. She was immediately taken to UCLA Medical Center, where she passed away four days later on the 27th of December 2016.
However, the coroner’s office isn’t certain how much the drugs in her system played into the equation of her death.
The report says, “There are significant limitations in one’s ability to interpret the toxicology results and their contribution to cause of death.”
However, the “official” cause of Fisher’s death was listed as “sleep apnea and other undetermined factors.” This past Friday, a news release indicated that drugs were found in Fisher’s system, but no details were given, until now.
The report continues, “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.”
The star was iconic for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, and had just recently revived her career in the film’s latest episode.
However, Fisher had battled drugs and mental illness for years. She began smoking pot at the age of 13, and began taking LSD by the time she turned 21. At the age of 24, she had already been diagnosed as bipolar. She received electroshock therapy and medication for some time to overcome the issues.
Upon arriving at UCLA Medical Center, doctors found cocaine in her system and believe she had induced the drug “sometime in the last 72 hours” prior to her admission to the hospital.
After further testing, “exposure to heroin” was discovered, however the dose and time could not be pinpointed. “Therefore, we cannot establish the significance of heroin regarding the death in this case.”
Further toxicology showed signs of ecstasy in her system. However, because the time of exposure couldn’t be determined, the significance couldn’t be established in her death.
When contacted for further comment, the coroner’s office had nothing more to say.
Carrie Fisher’s brother Todd told the Associated Press that it was no surprise to him to hear drugs may have contributed to his sister’s death. The actress’ brother went on to say, “There’s certainly no news that Carrie did drugs,” and he continued, “I am not shocked that part of her health was affected by drugs.”
Carrie Fisher was 60 years old when she died. R.I.P. Princess Leia Organa.