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Carrie Fisher’s daughter speaks out – after coroner claims ‘sleep apnea’ and ‘drugs’ caused her death

A coroner has claimed that Carrie Fisher died of “sleep apnea”, among other factors.

The actress, best known for playing Princess Leia in Star Wars, died on December 27 at the age of 60 – however, a coroner couldn’t come to a definitive cause of death after an examination.

The examination was carried out by the Los Angeles County of Medical Examiner-Coroner, and they also cited “multiple drug intake” and atherosclerotic heart disease in the report.

“The manner of death has been ruled undetermined,” they said in a release.

Devastating: Star Wars actress Carrie died on December 27 | DISNEY/LUCAS FILMS

Meanwhile, Carrie’s daughter Billie Lourd has since released a statement to PEOPLE, addressing the “drug use” mentioned in the report.

“My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it,” she said. “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,” she added.

Tragic: Carrie’s mother Debbie Reynolds died just one day after her daughter |

Carrie had been open about her struggles with bipolar disorder and drug use in the past.

On December 23, the actress had a heart attack while on a flight from London to Los Angeles, and died several days later. Carrie’s mother, Debbie Reynolds, died the very next day after suffering a stroke.

The full autopsy report will be released on Monday.


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