Popular American actress, writer, and humorist Carrie Fisher died in December 2016. Her biopsy reports, which were released on Monday reported that she had MDMA in her system, commonly known as ecstasy, heroin, and methadone. The coroner’s report listed sleep apnea as the primary cause of Carrie’s death and drug overdose as a contributing factor.
Carrie Fisher was born to the famous Hollywood couple Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, and made her film debut in 1975 in the comedy film, Shampoo. She also played the famous role of Princess Leia in the 1977 sci-fi hit movie, Star Wars. Carrie was always looked up to as a sex symbol until her novel, Postcards from the Edge, released, which was about an actress suffering from a drug addiction.
Carrie died on 27 December last year, after suffering from a cardiac arrest on an airplane while coming to LAX from London. After trying to revive her for 90 minutes, Carrie was declared dead at 9 am.
Byron Lane who was Carrie’s assistant for three years was on the plane with her. Her assistant reported that she was fine at the beginning of the flight but had multiple apneic episodes later.
Fisher’s family objected to a full biopsy, so coroner’s investigators had limited access to toxicology specimens. The report states that based on the available toxicological information, they could not establish the significance of the various drugs present in Fisher’s system with the cause of her death.
The report also states that Carrie had consumed cocaine almost 72 hours before her plane ride from London to LAX. It reports that her exposure to heroin would have affected her breathing, because of which she went into a cardiac arrest. The conditions Carrie suffered from, which includes atherosclerotic heart disease was also mentioned.
The report also notes that the American actress had a long history of drug abuse and bipolar disorder, something Carrie had always been open about. She even had written about it in detail in her memoir, The Princess Diarist.
Carrie’s daughter, Billie Lourd said that her mother suffered from mental illness and drug addiction all her life and ultimately died of it. Fisher’s mother, Debbie Reynolds had a stroke on 28 December, a day after her daughter’s death.