Coroner reveals Carrie Fisher’s cause of death

Coroner reveals Carrie Fisher’s cause of death

The L.A. County medical examiner’s office released its findings into the unexpected death of actress Carrie Fisher.

The 60-year-old Star Wars actress and writer died in December. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds, died one day after her daughter. Carrie Fisher died four days after suffering a cardiac event on an airplane heading from London to Los Angeles.

The coroner listed results of the examination, performed three days after Fisher’s death, in a news release. Though the exact cause of death is undetermined, medical examiners concluded that “sleep apnea and other undetermined factors” were a factor in her death.

The coroner also found signs of “multiple drug intake” but could not determine their significance on the actress’s death.

According to the statement, Fisher suffered from atherosclerotic heart disease, which causes fat, cholesterol and other substances to build up on the artery walls.

After the medical examiner’s report was released, Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, said her mother “battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life.” She concluded her mother “ultimately died of it.”

“She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases,” Lourd said in a statement.

“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,” she said.

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