Carrie Fisher’s Cause of Death has Been Revealed

Her death certificate last year said cardiac arrest, but recent results from the coroner’s report show something different.

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Carrie Fisher (Image Source: lytherus)

In December 2016, many people were heartbroken that beloved Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher had unexpectedly passed away.

Her death certificate said that the 60-year-old had suffered a cardiac arrest. But in a statement, the coroner said the exact cause was unknown.

Now six months later, we can know that Carrie actually died of “sleep apnea and other causes,” according to a report by People.

The Los Angeles County medical examiner’s full summary of Carrie’s death revealed she “showed signs of having taken multiple drugs” in addition to having a “buildup of fatty tissue in the walls of her arteries.”

Carrie’s 24-year-old daughter, Billie Lourd, released a statement to CNN following the medical examiner’s report, saying

“[She] 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 . . . 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.”