Coro­ner: Co­caine among drugs found in Car­rie Fisher’s sys­tem

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Car­rie Fisher’s au­topsy re­port shows the ac­tress had co­caine in her sys­tem when she fell ill on a plane last year, but in­ves­ti­ga­tors could not de­ter­mine what im­pact the co­caine and other drugs found in her sys­tem had on her death.

The re­port re­leased Mon­day states Fisher may have taken co­caine three days be­fore the Dec. 23 flight on which she be­came ill. She died four days later.

It also found traces of heroin and MDMA, which is also known as ec­stasy, but that they could not de­ter­mine when Fisher had taken those drugs. The find­ings were based on tox­i­col­ogy screen­ings done on sam­ples taken when the Star Wars ac­tress ar­rived at a Los An­ge­les hospi­tal.

Coro­ner’s of­fi­cials ruled Fisher died from sleep ap­nea and a com­bi­na­tion of other fac­tors. A news re­lease is­sued Fri­day men­tioned drugs were found in Fisher’s sys­tem, but it did not pro­vide de­tails.

Mon­day’s full re­port con­tains a de­tailed ex­pla­na­tion of the re­sults, such as why in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve Fisher took co­caine at least three days be­fore her flight.

“At this time the sig­nif­i­cance of co­caine can­not be es­tab­lished in this case,” the re­port states.

It also states that while heroin is de­tectable in the sys­tem for a briefer pe­riod of time, in­ves­ti­ga­tors could not de­ter­mine when Fisher took it or the ec­stasy.

“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 re­port states.

Among the fac­tors that con­trib­uted to Fisher’s death was buildup of fatty tis­sue in the walls of her ar­ter­ies, the coro­ner’s of­fice said last week.

A phone mes­sage left for Fisher’s brother, Todd, was not im­me­di­ately re­turned.

Fisher long bat­tled drug ad­dic­tion and men­tal ill­ness. She said she smoked pot at 13, used LSD by 21 and was di­ag­nosed with bipo­lar dis­or­der at 24. She was treated with elec­troshock ther­apy and med­i­ca­tion.

“I am not shocked that part of her health was af­fected by drugs,” Todd Fisher said on Fri­day.

if you want to know what killed her, it’s all of it.

Todd Fisher

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Car­rie Fisher died last De­cem­ber.

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