The actress best known for her role as Princess Leia passed away December, 27th of 2016 at 60-years-old when she was on a transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles. She was on her way to promote her book ‘The Princess Diarist,’ which relates her memories of filming the first ‘Star Wars’ movie.
Fisher’s mother, Debbie Reynolds who was also an actress, died just one day later. She reportedly suffered from a stroke. Reynolds starred in multiple movies including ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ and ‘Charlotte's Web’.
Originally, Fisher's cause of death was reported as a severe heart attack. However, a recent coroner’s report revealed her death was also caused by other factors. In addition to a heart attack, other factors leading to her death may include sleep apnea and drug usage, according to TMZ. Sleep apnea is common sleep disorder that can be serious in some cases. Breathing continuously stops and starts again throughout one’s sleep cycle. This condition must be treated by a medical professional with proper care.
The coroner's report revealed multiple drugs were in her system, but it is unknown if they were ‘significant’ enough to cause the heart attack. People reported the results of the toxicology report on June 19th, 2017. The report showed heroine and cocaine were in her system at the time of her death, and the cocaine was taken with in 72 hours before she died. The cause of death has been ruled as 'undetermined'.
Her daughter Billie Lourd released a statement, “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 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. Shame and those social stigmas are the enemies of progress to solutions and ultimately a cure. Love you Momby.”
Please continue to pray for Carrie Fisher’s friends, family, and fans. Thank you!