Carrie Fisher, who gained iconic film status as Princess Leia in the early “Star Wars” movies, suffered long afterward with drug addictions that she could never kick. An autopsy report released today showed she had heroin, cocaine and ecstasy in her system on the day she died.
Fisher passed on Dec. 27, four days after suffering cardiac arrest on a flight from London to Los Angeles.
The report officially attributed her death to sleep apnea.
But Fisher, 60, had a virtual cornucopia of drugs in her system both legal and illegal. They included prescribed drugs Abilify, Prozac and Lamictol.
Also found was Oxycodone, which she somehow obtained illegally.
Mixing heroin and cocaine is commonly known as a speedball. Heroin is a depressive, while cocaine is s stimulant.
It’s a potentially deadly combination and has led to the death of such celebrities as “Saturday Night Live” comic John Belushi.
“My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it,” said daughter Billie Lourd in a statement over the weekend
The medical examiner’s office, which issued the report, did not directly attribute Fisher’s death to the drugs. There was no way to determine when she took the drugs, according to the report.
Fisher’s medical emergency began after she started vomiting in her sleep. Vomiting is one symptom of a major heart attack.
A passenger administered CPR but was unable to restore breathing. She went without oxygen for at least 10 minutes, according to a distress call from the flight.
Just going two minutes without oxygen can cause damage to specific parts of the brain. Four minutes without oxygen, causes brain cells to be lost permanently.
She never regained consciousness and suffered a fatal heart attack four days after entering the hospital.
The actresses bouts with addiction were long-standing and well-known. She revealed in several interviews that she started smoking marijuana at 13 and used drugs throughout the filming of “Star Wars.”
She was treated with electroshock therapy and medication for her mental disorders, and was in and out of rehab over the years, starting in 1985, for her drug addiction.
But apparently to no avail.