Le­gend’s au­topsy shows drugs

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS -

CAR­RIE Fisher, pic­tured, had taken co­caine, heroin and ec­stasy shortly be­fore her death, ac­cord­ing to an au­topsy.

The re­sults in­di­cated that the 60-year-old le­gend had the three drugs in her sys­tem when she be­came ill on a flight last year.

She had a heart at­tack as she flew from London to Los An­ge­les in De­cem­ber, and spent sev­eral days in in­ten­sive care un­til she died in hospi­tal. Fisher was renowned for her role play­ing Princess Leia Or­gana in the Star

Wars movie saga. The ex­act cause of her death was un­able to be de­ter­mined in the coroner’s re­port, which in­di­cated that sev­eral fac­tors may have been in­volved. In ad­di­tion to the drug use, Fisher suf­fered from sleep ap­noea. It was not clear if the drugs had con­trib­uted to her heart at­tack and death, or if they were merely co­in­ci­den­tal.

Fisher’s drug abuse was well known, and she fre­quently dis­cussed the dis­eases that chal­lenged her in her work.

“My mom bat­tled drug ad­dic­tion and men­tal ill­ness her en­tire life,” daugh­ter Bil­lie Lourd told Peo­ple magazine.

“She ul­ti­mately died of it. She was pur­pose­fully open in all of her work about the so­cial stig­mas sur­round­ing these dis­eases… I know she’d want her death to en­cour­age peo­ple to be open about their strug­gles. To seek help.” – The In­de­pen­dent

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