Carrie Fisher Tested Positive For Cocaine And Heroin, Other Drugs In Days Before Death
According to a coroner’s report released by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, Carrie Fisher, 60, of Star Wars fame tested positive for cocaine, heroin, methadone, and ecstasy when she was admitted to the hospital for cardiac rest last year, four days before she passed away.
Fisher died on Dec. 27th, four days after falling ill on an airplane bound to London. According to her assistant, she began having sleep apnea during the flight, and she was unresponsive at landing.
While the report named sleep apnea and heart disease as causes of death, the drugs were also listed as a contributing factor, although they could not determine exactly how they played a role in her passing.
From the report:
“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.
Fisher’s family had not wanted a full autopsy performed, so investigators didn’t have much to work with. Therefore, the results were based on the toxicology report and an external exam of her body. The report also noted that the cocaine may have been consumed up to three days prior to the flight, making it uncertain if the drug had any link to her death.
She also likely had exposure to heroin, which would explain the central nervous depression which that could have led to sleep apnea and cardiac arrest.
Fisher was taking prescription drugs as well, such as Abilify and Prozac, both prescribed for depression. She had also used oxycodone, but it appears she did not have a prescription. As is well-known, the report states that she had a history of both bipolar disorder and drug use.
Fisher’s daughter, actress Billie Lourd told People magazine last week that her mother would want her death to “encourage people to be open about their struggles.” Lourd also urged others to seek help and “fight for government funding for mental health programs.”
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology