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Carrie Fisher Had Cocaine, Heroin And Ecstasy In Her System When She Was Taken Ill, Toxicology Report Reveals

The actress suffered a cardiac arrest on a flight to Los Angeles, shortly before Christmas.

20/06/2017 2:37 AM AEST | Updated 20/06/2017 2:55 AM AEST

Carrie Fisher had cocaine, heroin and ecstasy in her system when she was taken ill on an international flight last year, a toxicology report has revealed.

The actress was rushed to hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest on the flight to Los Angeles on Friday 23 December 2016 and died less than a week later.

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<strong>Carrie Fisher&nbsp;</strong>

Ahead of the release of the toxicology report findings, Carrie’s daughter Billie Lourd said her mother “ultimately died of” drug addiction and mental illness.

A statement, issued to US publication People magazine over the weekend, read: “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. 

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<strong>Carrie's mother, Debbie Reynolds, died just days after she did and the two women were laid to rest together&nbsp;</strong>

The news comes following the release of a separate report on Friday (16 June), which explained that the coroner was unable to ascertain the cause of death. 

In the abscene of a definitive answer it listed “sleep apnea and a combination of other factors” as the reason for her sudden ill-health and death. 

Carrie’s death resulted in an outpouring of grief from the entertainment industry, with many highlighting that her achievements included fantastic writing, script editing and work to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues, as well as the ‘Star Wars’ role that made her a household name.

When she died, Carrie had finished work on the upcoming ‘Star Wars’ film ‘The Last Jedi’, which is slated for release later this year.

  • Carrie Fisher as a baby with mother Debbie Reynolds
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  • Carrie Fisher with mother Debbie Reynolds
  • Carrie Fisher with Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel
  • Carrie Fisher with 'Star Wars' co-stars Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew
  • Carrie Fisher with Elizabeth Taylor

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