Coroner says Carrie Fisher died of sleep apnea, other undetermined factors

Kelly Massey
June 17, 2017

Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford on the set of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.

According to AP, the Los Angeles County coroner's office ruled atherosclerotic heart disease and sleep apnea to have contributed to Carrie's untimely passing a year ago. At first Fisher's cause of death was listed on her death certificate as cardiac arrest, with a memo note mentioned that at the time the coroner could not conclusively determine the cause without a full-fledged autopsy.

Nearly six months after the 60-year-old's death, the coroner said in a statement that Fisher also had atherosclerotic heart disease and had used drugs.

There were signs of "multiple drug intake" but the coroner said its significance on Fisher's death was not determined.

Fisher, 60, suffered a medical emergency on an global flight on December 23.

After suffering a major heart attack on December 23, 2016, Fisher, who had been placed on a ventilator, passed away a few days later on December 27.

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Before her death, the daughter of actor Debbie Reynolds and the late singer Eddie Fisher had been on an airplane returning from England where she was shooting the third season of the British sitcom "Catastrophe".

"I would tell you, from my perspective that there's certainly no news that Carrie did drugs", he continued.

Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, said after the medical examiner's report was released that her mother "battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life" stating that "she ultimately died of it". She said she smoked pot at age 13, used LSD by 21 and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 24. She's also was outspoken about her mental health issues and the drastic solution she found: electric shock therapy.

"They're working on her right now", the pilot said in a public recording of the conversation on

Todd Fisher said it was hard to blame doctors who treated his sister because they were trying to help her. Todd addressed this as well and shared that the doctors are not to be blamed as they did their best. Todd Fisher said. "Without her drugs, maybe she would have left long ago".

Fisher made her feature film debut opposite Warren Beatty in the 1975 hit Shampoo. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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