June 16, Friday, the Los Angeles County of Medical Examiner-Coroner has ruled that the actress Carrie Fisher’s death is still undetermined.
According to them, she has died of sleep apnea and a number of other factors however they could not come to a definite cause after an examination. Fisher played Leia Organa, the princess turned general in the Star Wars franchise. She died on Dec. 27, 2016 at the age of 60. The coroner also cited “multiple drug intake” and atherosclerotic heart disease.
The daughter’s actress, Billie Lourd, released the statement below to People:
“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.”
Fisher had publicly discussed that she struggles with bipolar disorder and drug abuse, including prescription medication. She had confessed that she used cocaine during the making of “The Empire Strikes Back”.
Fisher had a heart attack Dec. 23 while on a flight from London to Los Angeles, and died several days after. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds, died the next day after suffering a stroke.
The autopsy report will be released on Monday.