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Carrie Fisher had a cocktail of drugs in her system when she died, autopsy reveals

The actress’s daughter released an emotional statement in response to the revealing report.

By Candice Mehta-Culjak
Carrie Fisher, who died last December, had a cocktail of drugs in her system at the time of her death, according to her toxicology report.
A report released by the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office on Monday found evidence of cocaine, methadone, MDMA (better known as ecstasy), alcohol and opiates in the late actress’s system, but could not determine what impact the substances had on her death.
“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,” the report stated.
The report adds that the cocaine in her system would have been consumed within the three days before she went into cardiac arrest on an L.A.-bound flight and later died.
While the manner of death has been ruled undetermined, Coroner's officials said a combination of factors including sleep apnea and "other conditions: atherosclerotic heart disease, drug use" contributed to her passing.
"Ms. Fisher suffered what appeared to be a cardiac arrest on the airplane accompanied by vomiting and with a history of sleep apnea. 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," the report stated.
Carrie is perhaps most well known for her portrayal of Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars.
She had just released a new book, The Princess Diarist which revealed a steamy affair she shared with Harrison Ford while shooting Star Wars.
The star’s only child, Billie Lourd, 24, issued a statement to People following the report.
“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 told the publication.
“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.”
The statement concluded: “Love you Momby.”
Billie Lourd (L) has previously spoken of her mum Carrie (R), saying: "I’m always proud of my mother."
Billie is now a successful actress in her own right, appearing in the hit comedy series Scream Queens.

On Friday December 23, the actress, best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars, went into cardiac arrest onboard an 11-hour flight from London to Los Angeles.
After the plane reached its destination, the iconic actress was seen being rushed to hospital. She died four days later.
In a tragic turn of events, just one day after Carrie’s death, her mother Debbie, 84, also passed of a suspected stroke.
At the time, Debbie’s son Todd Fisher, 58, confirmed the awful news, telling TMZ: "She's with Carrie."
He also revealed her heartbreaking last words were: "I miss her so much, I want to be with Carrie."
The Hollywood mother-daughter duo had an infamously fraught relationship, though the pair had mended the rift and were close at the time of Carrie's death.
The trio were often seen out and about together.