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Carrie Fisher Died of Sleep Apnea and Used Drugs, Report

Carrie Fisher had publicly talked about her struggles with bipolar disorder and drug use, saying that “drugs made me feel more normal.”


Carrie Fisher’s death in December was caused by sleep apnea.

The actress used a combination of drugs, coroner’s officials said Friday, according to media reports.

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the Los Angeles County coroner’s office also citing in a news release a buildup of fatty tissue in the walls of her arteries. the “Star Wars” star showed signs of “multiple drug use,” but no specifics were given. Investigators could not determine whether they contributed to her death.

“The manner of death has been ruled undetermined,” According to the Associated Press.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which a person’s breathing pauses and last several minutes during sleep, or has periods of shallow breathing, according to Wikipedia. The pauses

Carrie Fisher, 60, suffered a medical emergency on an international flight on Dec. 23 and died four days later. Her mother, longtime movie star Debbie Reynolds, died the following day. She struggled with addictions to prescription medication.

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In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE, Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher’s only child said:

“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.”

Billie Lourd Opens Up On on Deaths of Mom Carrie Fisher and Grandmother Debbie Reynolds


Carrie Fisher, had publicly talked about her struggles with bipolar disorder and drug use, saying in a 2001 interview with Psychology Today that “drugs made me feel more normal.” “They contained me.”  Fisher had used cocaine on the set of “The Empire Strikes Back,”


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