Carrie Fisher Autopsy: Large Amounts Of Cocaine, Heroin, MDMA Found In Body

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A sad end to her diligent struggle.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost six months since we lost great American icon, devoted mother, and beloved general of the rebel army, Carrie Fisher.

When news first broke of her unfortunate passing back in December of 2016, the world was devastated. A lot of people chalked it up to the “2016 curse” that saw far too many of our favorite celebrities leave this world.

However, it seems that the “curse” may have had a smaller part to play in Fisher’s death than we originally thought after news of health issues and other factors were revealed in her post-autopsy results.

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While Carrie Fisher’s amazing career in film extended all the way back to the 1970s when the original Star Wars movies premiered, she has been a vocal mental health spokesperson for decades.

She very publicly talked and wrote about her lifelong battle with drugs, alcohol, and bipolar disorder, and it turns out that her vices—along with some factoring health issues—may have actually had a contributing role to play in what took this amazing woman from us.

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When Fisher was only 60 years old, she suffered a massive cardiac arrest while on a flight from London to Los Angeles and died four days later in the hospital. Doctors delayed in issuing an official “cause of death” until they could perform a more in-depth investigation, but now, months after her passing, they believe that they know several of the underlying causes of what contributed to her heart attack and subsequent death.

Those causes include a large quantity of drugs in her system, such as cocaine, morphine, codeine, and oxycodone, as well as small amounts of MDMA (ecstasy) and heroin.

She also suffered from heart disease and a common disorder known as sleep apnea, which is responsible for somewhere around 40,000 deaths every year in the United States alone.

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Billie Lourd, Fisher’s only child, had this to say about the results of her mother’s official cause of death:

“My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it. She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases,” she began in a statement to People magazine in response to the coroner’s report. “She talked about the shame that torments people and their families confronted by these diseases. I know my mom; she’d want her death to encourage people to be open about their struggles. Seek help. Fight for government funding for mental health programs.”

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Carrie Fisher fought for many years to advocate for people suffering from drug addiction and mental health issues and even wrote novels on the subject.

She worked hard to help fight the social stigma that comes with admitting that you have a mental disorder or drug issue. And though she fought diligently against these problems in her own life, she did ultimately lose her battle, much to the detriment of everyone whose heart she touched in so many wondrous ways over her illustrious career.

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Despite her struggles, Carrie Fisher wanted people to know that a diagnosis of a mental health problem isn’t the end.

As she once famously told the Herald Tribune regarding the importance of living your life with a mental disorder, “Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually, the confidence will follow.”

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Billie Lourd’s hope that her mother’s death will be used to fight against the shame of mental illness is one that we should absolutely put into action. Considering that 1 in 5 Americans (approximately 42 million) are diagnosed with mental health disorders every year, it’s time that we shine a light on these issues and get help to those who need it.

And though Carrie Fisher’s death is terribly tragic, perhaps the lessons we can learn from it don’t have to be.

We can continue her work in helping those who suffer from addiction or mental health problems and strip away the shame of fighting something that's far bigger than you are. 

Whether it was fighting against tyranny in movies or mental illness in real life, Carrie Fisher was a fighter and a beacon of hope for many. And with our efforts, her legacy will continue.

Our thoughts continue to be with her family during this time, and she remains sorely missed.