Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher had cocaine, heroin and ecstasy in her system when she became ill on a flight last year, an autopsy has revealed

The Star Wars actress passed away aged 60 – four days after she suffered cardiac arrest on a flight from Europe to Los Angeles.

But following her death on December 27, 2016, a Coroner’s report last week ruled that Fisher died of sleep apnea and a number of other factors, with both cocaine and opiates shown to be present in a urine sample.

Last week an examination by the Los Angeles County of Medical Examiner-Coroner ruled the veteran actress had passed away due to sleep apnea and a number of other factors.

Carrie Fisher

On Friday the coroner also cited “multiple drug intake” and atherosclerotic heart disease in their report – though the drugs were not revealed until the findings were published in full on Monday this week.

“The manner of death has been ruled undetermined,” said the release on Friday.

TMZ reports the L.A. County Coroner released its full autopsy, including toxicology, which revealed a shocking cocktail of drugs in her system.

The website noted: “In addition to the cocaine and opiates found in a urine analysis, there was also a very little amount of MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, and heroin [sic].”

The report from the Coroner goes on to say it’s unclear how much of a role, if indeed any, the drugs played in her death.

Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, issued a statement addressing the “drug use” portion after the release of the report.

Carrie Fisher speaking at Comic Con in 2015

“My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it,” the 24-year-old wrote.

“She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases.”

Speaking about Carrie’s own battle with her demons, Billie continued: “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.”


Carrie had been enjoying a much-lauded promotional tour of Europe and the United Kingdom when she suffered a heart attack in December, during a flight from London To Los Angeles.

The tragedy of Carrie’s passing was only heightened when 24-hours after she passed away, her mother, Debbie Reynolds, died after suffering a stroke.