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'Star Wars' actress Carrie Fisher had cocaine, heroin and MDMA in her system when she died: Report

Unclear how drugs contributed to her death, coroner says.
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Carrie Fisher poses for cameras as she arrives at the European Premiere of "Star Wars, The Force Awakens" in Leicester Square, London, Dec. 16. Photo: Reuters

The autopsy report for Carrie Fisher revealed the actress had traces of cocaine, heroin and MDMA in her system when she fell ill on a plane last year, but doctors couldn’t say how the cocktail of drugs contributed to her death.

The full autopsy report, released by the coroner’s office Monday, states Fisher may have taken cocaine within 72 hours of the the Dec. 23 flight where she fell into cardiac arrest. The 60-year-old Star Wars actress died four days later on Dec. 27, Reuters reported.

The report follows an announcement by coroner’s officials Friday that attributed Fisher’s death to sleep apnea and other causes. A press release issued at the time mentioned that drugs were found in the actress’s system, but did not offer additional details.

Doctors performed toxicology screenings and took samples when Fisher was taken to a Los Angeles hospital, which allowed coroners to determine the drugs were in her system, the Associated Press reported.

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The full report contained a more detailed account of the results of the autopsy and Fisher’s drug use, though it stated it could not determine if or how the drugs lead to her death.

“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.

The report also listed traces of heroin, other opiates and MDMA — the party drug also known as ecstasy. Fisher had a long history of cocaine addiction in the 1980s and also suffered from bipolar disorder.

Last week Fisher’s brother, Todd, said he wasn’t surprised that drugs could have factored into his sister’s death.

“I would tell you, from my perspective that there’s certainly no news that Carrie did drugs,” Todd Fisher said, according to AP.

He noted the actress wrote about her drug use and that some of the drugs were even prescribed by doctors to treat her mental health issues. He pointed to Fisher’s smoking habit as another contributing cause to her heart problems.

“If you want to know what killed her, it’s all of it,” he said.

 

 
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