Drug use can exacerbate sleep apnoea with potentially fatal results, but the report does not make clear whether Fisher took any drugs on the day in December when she suffered a cardiac incident on the global flight.
Carrie Fisher’s daughter has spoken out against the stigma of drug addiction after toxicology results revealed that Fisher had cocaine and heroin in her system at the time of her death a year ago. Her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, died one day later. “Therefore we can not establish the significance of heroin regarding the cause of death in this case”.
The “Star Wars” actress had also taken multiple drugs, but investigators could not say whether they contributed to their death, the wire service said.
Los Angeles coroner’s officials said in a news release late Friday that Fisher had buildup of fat in the walls of her arteries. Other conditions leading to the Star Wars actress’ death were atherosclerotic heart disease and drug use.
Fisher, 60, suffered a medical emergency on an worldwide flight on December 23 and died four days later.
“At this time the significance of cocaine can not be established in this case”, the full autopsy report, released Monday, states.
In a statement released to People magazine after the coroner’s ruling, Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd said: “My mum battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life”. She ultimately died of it. Todd Fisher said. “Without her drugs, maybe she would have left long ago”.
“She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases”, Lourd said in a statement. Toward the end of the flight, Fisher could not be stirred awake, the report states.
Todd Fisher said it was hard to blame doctors who treated his sister because they were trying to help her. She is a movie star, recording artist, television actor, nightclub entertainer, Broadway performer and co-founder of the Thalians, a group that has raised more than $30 million for mental health. She was also outspoken about her mental health issues and the drastic solution she found: electric shock therapy.