Popular “Star Wars” icon Carrie Fisher was discovered with traces of cocaine, methadone, ethanol and opiates few days before she died in December, 2016. According to a recently released toxicology report, Fisher tested positive for all these substances, even though the role played by the drugs in her death is not quite known.
The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner – Coroner, which released the report, said Fisher died of sleep apnea, heart problems, and other conditions. Carrie Fisher died at the age of 60 in Los Angeles. She collapsed on a flight to LA from London and was pronounced dead four days later. Her death was probably too much for her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, to bear. She suffered a stroke and died the following day at 84.
According to the toxicology report, Fisher did not only suffer conditions like atherosclerotic heart disease, she was facing the consequences of abusive use of drugs. In all of these though, the report clearly states that her drug use was probably for the treatment of bipolar disorder, and could not in any way relate it to her death.
The report notes that, “Ms. Fisher suffered what appeared to be a cardiac arrest on the airplane, accompanied by vomiting and with a history of sleep apnea.” It continued, “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.”
While the report cannot quite make a clear case on the exact cause of Fisher’s death, a few details are well known about her; she had been battling with substance abuse and with mental illness. These two conditions are serious enough to have triggered a serious situation that could eventually lead to death. But of course, whatever caused the death of Carrie Fisher may not be known anytime soon.