Co­caine, heroin and ec­stasy found in Car­rie Fisher’s body

The Scotsman - - World News - By AN­THONY MCCART­NEY

Car­rie Fisher’s au­topsy re­port shows the ac­tress had co­caine, heroin and ec­stasy in her sys­tem when she fell ill on a plane last year.

But in­ves­ti­ga­tors could not de­ter­mine what im­pact the drugs had on her death.

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

Traces of heroin, other opi­ates and ec­stasy were also found but in­ves­ti­ga­tors 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 last week men­tioned drugs were found in Fisher’s sys­tem, but did not pro­vide de­tails. Yes­ter­day’s full re­port con­tained 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 de­ter­minewhen­fish­er­took­i­torthe ec­stasy. Tox­i­col­ogy tests also found other opi­ates in Fisher’s sys­tem, in­clud­ing mor­phine, al­though the re­port states the mor­phine could have been a by prod­uct of heroin.

“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 build up of fatty tis­sue in the walls of her ar­ter­ies, the coro­ner’s of­fice said last week.

Fisher’s brother, Todd, said last Fri­day that he was not sur­prised that drugs may have con­trib­uted to his sis­ter’s death.

“I would tell you, from my per­spec­tive that there’s cer­tainly no news that Car­rie did drugs,” Mr Fisher said. He noted that his sis­ter wrote ex­ten­sively about her drug use, and that many of the drugs she took were pre­scribed by doc­tors to try to treat her men­tal health con­di­tions.

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

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