Carrie Fisher’s cause of death has finally been revealed. Nearly six months following her tragic death the Los Angeles coroner’s office confirmed that the Star Wars actress died from “sleep apnea and other causes” — including atherosclerotic heart disease and “drug use.” The report went on to reveal that the late star had also taken multiple drugs prior to her death. However, it’s still unclear whether they contributed to her passing.
Hours after the coroner’s office released the bombshell report, the actress’ brother, Todd Fisher, spoke to the Associated Press about the findings. “We’re not enlightened,” he told the AP. “There’s nothing about this that is enlightening. I would tell you, from my perspective that there’s certainly no news that Carrie did drugs…I am not shocked that part of her health was affected by drugs.
During the interview, the 59-year-old also admitted that his sister’s doctors were desperately trying to help with her mental health issues, which she had been suffering with since she was 24, before her death. “If you want to know what killed her, it’s all of it,” he explained.
Carrie’s daughter, Billie Lourd, also spoke out following the new report about her mother’s death. “My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life,” she told People. “She ultimately died of it. She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases. I know my Mom, she’d want her death to encourage people to be open about their struggles.”
As OK! readers’ know, Carrie suffered a massive heart attack on a flight from London on Dec. 23, 2016, and she died nearly four days later in an LA hospital. The actress’ mother, Debbie Reynolds, passed away one day after her daughter, on December 28, 2016, after suffering from a stroke.
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