Coroner: Actress Carrie Fisher died of sleep apnea, other undetermined factors

Tina Ray
June 17, 2017

The "Star Wars" actress also had a large amount of fat buildup in the walls of her arteries.

Los Angeles County coroners have determined that Carrie Fisher's death was due to a combination of factors including sleep apnea and "other conditions: atherosclerotic heart disease, drug use", the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times are reporting.

Her brother Todd Fisher said: "There's nothing about this that is enlightening".

The actor and writer, who rose to fame as Star Wars' Princess Leia in 1977, died on December 27 after going into cardiac arrest on a flight to Los Angeles from London.

The actress and writer died in December at the age of 60.

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". "We're not enlightened. There's nothing about this that is enlightening", he said.


'I would tell you, from my perspective that there's certainly no news that Carrie did drugs'. Numerous drugs were prescribed by doctors to try and treat her mental health conditions, he said.

Under "how injury occurred", the report noted the intake of multiple drugs, the significance of which remained unclear, it said.

Fisher had a history of drug addiction and a heart condition.

She said she smoked marijuana at 13, used LSD by 21 and was diagnosed as having bipolar disorder at 24. She's also was outspoken about her mental health issues and the drastic solution she found: electric shock therapy. "They contained me", she said. "Love you Momby", she added.

He said: "They were doing their best to cure a mental disorder". Can you really blame them?' he said. She made her film debut as a teenager in 1975 comedy "Shampoo", two years before her breakthrough in the first "Star Wars" movie.

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