Actress Carrie Fisher had cocaine, heroin in system, autopsy shows

FILE PHOTO: Carrie Fisher  poses for cameras as she arrives at the European Premiere of Star Wars, The Force Awakens in Leicester Square, London
FILE PHOTO: Carrie Fisher poses for cameras as she arrives at the European Premiere of "Star Wars, The Force Awakens" in Leicester Square, London, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Paul Hackett/File Photo

June 19, 2017

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher had traces of cocaine, heroin and party drug MDMA, also known as ecstasy, in her system when she died suddenly in December, according to a full autopsy report released on Monday.

The autopsy report from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner could not ascertain what effect the cocaine and other drugs may have had on her system.

Coroner’s officials ruled on Friday that the death of the “Star Wars” actress was due to sleep apnea and other causes.

Fisher died at age 60 on Dec. 27, four days after she went into cardiac arrest on a flight from London to Los Angeles.

She had a long history of cocaine addiction in the 1980s and she also suffered from bipolar disorder. Although Fisher had spoken openly about her battle with addiction, it was not known that she had ongoing issues with drugs.

Fisher had likely taken the cocaine some 72 hours before she was admitted to the hospital in Los Angeles, according to Monday’s autopsy and toxicology report.

“The significance of the cocaine (regarding the cause of death) cannot be established at this time,” the report said. “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 officials said they could not pinpoint the time of exposure to the small amount of heroin found in Fisher’s system, along with the MDMA and other opiates.

But they said the drugs can suppress breathing and respiration and that Fisher had a history of sleep apnea.

After undergoing treatment in the mid-1980s for cocaine addiction, Fisher wrote the bestselling novel “Postcards from the Edge,” about a drug-abusing actress forced to move in with her mother. The book was later adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.

She reprised her star-making role as Princess Leia in the 2015 film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” when her character become an astute military general.

Her daughter, Billie Lourd, said in a statement to People magazine on Friday that her mother “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.”

Lourd said she thought Fisher would “want her death to encourage people to be open about their struggles. Seek help, fight for government funding for mental health programs.”

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

  • initially they said she died of apnea..when you add cocaine and heroin it makes it much easier for a person to stop breathing

  • very sad regardless

  • Roy Beane

    All that fame, plus millions and millions of dollars more than most people will ever see in their entire lifetimes, —– and it still just isn’t enough for these people. All of that and still she couldn’t buy happiness or contentment. So sad, but then again, she did do it to herself…… of her own free will.

  • Barry Soetoro-Chin

    Oh no, say it ain’t so? Another drug-addled, Hollywood celebutard overdoses on crack and heroine?

    Forrest Gump’s mom is right – “stupid is as stupid does.”

  • mkdavis

    Like most Hollywood actors to much time on their hands and to much money.

  • Jam Jenes

    Another junkie bites the dust.

    No big loss.

  • A marcus Young

    Not our traditional image of a grandmother. Her generation has been a black spot in our history.

  • R A.

    traces of cocaine, heroin and party drug MDMA, also known as ecstasy, in her system
    Wow, at least she went out “happy”

  • taxpayer here

    Sleep apnea….I can see why. Truly sad story for someone with such an iconic role in an iconic movie franchise. R.I.P. now.

    • when you add cocaine and heroin it helps the body to stop breathing

  • Repug

    My heart aches for her heart-broken mother, Debbie Reynolds, who died shortly after, and other family and friends that loved her. But this is a scene played out in Hollywood, over and over again. Stardom, fame, riches, sycophant coat-tail riding users like the “entertainment” media. It leads to alcohol and drug abuse and tragic ends, over and over again. Too many names to even start going down the list. But still these “stars” think that their “stardom” makes their opinions more important than ours, that “we the people” are just “adoring fans” to be used betrayed for $$$$$$$$$’s, and to feed their hyper-inflated ego’s they preach and lecture to us on how and what we should believe. While most of them are alcoholic drug users with numerous failed relationships and marriages, in most aspects of their life they are losers, but they can sing or they can pretend to be a “character”, and Hollywood and the Entertainment INDUSTRY is all about getting MONEY. Socialism works great for those elites and, as they see themselves, the “Bourgeoisie”. Same with the “Political Class”. And they are just as addicted, to money and power.

    Bottom line is that Hollywood is mostly messed up addicts, to alcohol, drugs, money, fame, ego, narcissism, anyone that gets their political advice from Hollywood or any “entertainment” figures, including so-called “News” entertainment is an idiot! Don’t forget, CNN, MSNBC, NYT, WAPO, HUFFPO, etc., yes, even Fox, are BUSINESSES! They love creating hysteria, and now it’s come to creating hatred and violence, to MAKE MONEY!! We’re better than this America! at least I hope so…

    • Lynda Denny

      Preach it!

  • sanman99

    Well that was a surprise.

  • DR JAY

    The only media that would name the drugs found in her system.

  • Atticus Finch

    Cocaine, heroin and ecstasy, I’m I suppose to feel sorry for her??? The sooner Hollywood falls into the Pacific ocean the better.

    • Peter

      You’re speaking my language – my brother !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • IceColdLogic

    Cocaine is known for triggering cardiac events. The same can also be said for ecstacy. The older you are the higher the risk. She had these in her system and suffered a cardiac arrest. How are they not sure “what effect the cocaine and other drugs may have had on her system”??? Isn’t that like saying someone died of asphyxiation but they aren’t sure how the ligature marks on the neck may have contributed to it?!?! What am I missing here?

    • GBWO

      LOL! Got to be PC even when one of them dies from drug OD.

    • they cover it with ‘apnea’…..
      ingesting cocaine and heroin just makes it easier for a body to
      stop breathing

  • rgray 317

    Rainbow state. Land of loons and Hollyweed.

    • Barry Soetoro-Chin

      fruits, nuts and vegetables, most of them in Mexifornia’s Sanctuary Cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco.

  • willnkc

    People need to get off these drugs. It can’t be the governments choice, or a family members choice, it has to come from the person and they have to want it. Start thinking about your health, especially after 50.

  • Al Robins

    Very sad. I’m a huge Star Wars fan and this is just sad. She could have been a positive roll model for the youth especially young girls but she died because of drug use 🙁 She could have been in the next Star Wars movie. She could still be alive. Another life lesson. Don’t do drugs! We seem to live in a time where anything goes unless you hurt someone else but then that becomes debatable. I for one say everything DOES NOT GO. If you do drugs you will die. Don’t do it! #Blacks4Trump


    Don’t they all? It is fake H’wood ‘elite’!

  • For Whom The Bell Tolls

    Sad, very sad. But predictable, nonetheless.

  • Robert Adams

    Why do we need to know? Today, nothing is private. Next, HIPPA regulations will be abolished. Our society has become voyeurs.