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Carrie Fisher autopsy reveals cocaine, ecstasy

20 June 2017

Carrie Fisher's autopsy report shows the actress had cocaine in her system when she fell ill on a plane past year, but investigators could not determine what impact the cocaine and other drugs found in her system had on her death.

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.

Yesterday's report states she may have taken cocaine three days before the December 23 flight on which she became ill.

The actress, who rose to fame as Princess Leia in Star Wars, then died aged 60 in hospital four days later on December 27.

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The toxicology report also found traces of an anti-depressant and antihistamine in her system.

"Based on the available toxicological information, we can not establish the significance of the multiple substances that were detected in Ms. Fisher's blood and tissue, with regard to the cause of death".

Born in Los Angeles in October 1956, the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher became an global star with the release of "Star Wars" in 1977, followed by two sequels. In addition to the drug use, Fisher suffered from sleep apnea. "She ultimately died of it".

She wrote: "Her personal assistant reported that the decedent (Fisher) was last awake and normal at the beginning of the flight".

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While she never quite escaped that role, which made her a sex symbol to a generation of geeky adolescents, she gained a degree of literary respect a decade later with the publication of "Postcards From the Edge", a novel about an actress battling drug addiction. Although Fisher had spoken openly about her battle with addiction, it was not known that she had ongoing issues with drugs.

Billie Lourd said: "She talked about the shame that torments people and their families confronted by these diseases".

In her books and at public speaking events, Fisher was open about her struggles in the movie business and her prickly relationship with her mother.

Lourd said she thought Fisher would "want her death to encourage people to be open about their struggles". She said she smoked pot at 13, used LSD by 21 and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 24. Shame and those social stigmas are the enemies of progress to solutions and ultimately a cure. He noted that his sister wrote extensively about her drug use, and that numerous drugs she took were prescribed by doctors to try to treat her mental health conditions.

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Carrie Fisher autopsy reveals cocaine, ecstasy