When Carrie Fisher passed on December 27, 2016, the world was in shock and in mourning. Beyond her iconic role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, Carrie made her mark on the world as a brilliant comedian and outspoken mental health and women’s rights activist. Her untimely death came at the end of a year full of tragedies, including the deaths of Prince, the former wrestler Chyna, and David Bowie. Unfortunately these four people share more than artistic talent: they all also allegedly faced the demon of substance abuse. While David unfortunately succumb to liver cancer, Prince and Chyna both died of accidental overdoses.
The newly released autopsy report for Star Wars legend Carrie Fisher shows that cocaine, methadone, heroin, and ecstasy were in her system at the time of her death. While her primary cause of death was listed as sleep apnea, it is believed this concoction of illicit substances greatly contributed to her passing.
Since the release of her autopsy information, Carrie Fisher’s daughter and fans have come forward to ensure her legacy remains unsullied by the unfortunate circumstances of her passing. In a passionate statement about her mother, Billie Catherine Lourd told People Magazine:
“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.”
Fans and supporters of Carrie Fisher took to Twitter with similar messages:
Carrie Fisher’s autopsy revealed she had in her system a huge golden banner reading “lots of addicts are a hundred times the person you are”
— Natalie Reed (@nataliereed84) June 20, 2017
Carrie Fisher had large levels of heart, intelligence, talent, wit, and tenderness in her system and I miss them all.
— Colleen Doran (@ColleenDoran) June 19, 2017
Carrie Fisher was still an incredible woman. Absolutely nothing can take that away from legacy. She fought the toughest of battles. pic.twitter.com/v69MqmebKe
— Star Wars Stuff (@starwarstuff) June 20, 2017
I don’t care how Carrie Fisher died. I care how she lived—which was boldly helping millions of us with mental illness feel much less alone.
— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) June 19, 2017
I don’t need #CarrieFisher autopsy results, I (and all true fans) already know how she died. Drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra.
— Jerusha Tano-Fett (@thedisneychef) June 19, 2017
FEATURED IMAGE: “Carrie Fisher speaking at 2012 San Diego Comic-Con” by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC by 2.0.