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Fans react, family calls for understanding after Carrie Fisher’s autopsy report

Carrie Fisher’s autopsy report shows she had cocaine and traces of heroin and ecstasy in her system, though authorities are not clear on when she took them. The “Star Wars” actress died on Dec. 27.
Carrie Fisher’s autopsy report shows she had cocaine and traces of heroin and ecstasy in her system, though authorities are not clear on when she took them. The “Star Wars” actress died on Dec. 27. Associated Press

Fans reacted strongly to the news Monday that a toxicology review found a cocktail of cocaine, methadone, ecstasy, opiates and alcohol in Carrie Fisher’s system when she fell ill in late December.

Officials don’t know when she had taken those drugs or what part they might have played in her death.

On social media, some fans said they didn’t want or need to know the specifics of her death and were angry the information was made public.

The 60-year-old “Star Wars” star went into cardiac arrest on a flight from London to Los Angeles on Dec. 23 and was rushed to Ronald Reagan UCLA Hospital.

She died four days later. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds, died one day later.

“The exposure to cocaine took place sometime approximately in the last 72 hours of the sample that was obtained,” said the report, released Monday.

The report also stated that Fisher had a “remote exposure to MDMA,” commonly known as ecstasy.

“Based on the available toxicological information, we cannot establish the significance of the multiple substances that were detected in Ms. Fisher’s blood and tissue, with regard to the cause of death,” the report said.

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office said on Friday that Fisher died from sleep apnea and a combination of other factors but could not pinpoint an exact cause. Her manner of death will be listed as undetermined.

Fisher was not quiet about her substance abuse, for years speaking openly and writing about it.

“The only lesson for me, or anybody, is that you have to get help. I’m not embarrassed,” she told People in 2013.

Fisher also spoke of her battle with bipolar disorder. On Monday some fans said they were grateful she had been so public about her private struggles. Others took to Twitter to say they didn’t want to know every last detail about Fisher’s death.

Fisher’s only child, Billie Lourd, addressed the coroner’s initial findings, released Friday, in a statement to People magazine.

“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 said.

“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’s brother, Todd Fisher, said Friday the family did not want a coroner’s investigation into his sister’s death.

“We’re not enlightened,” he said after the initial findings were released. “There’s nothing about this that is enlightening. I would tell you, from my perspective that there’s certainly no news that Carrie did drugs.”

Iconic Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher has died at age 60. She is best known for her role as as the iconic Princess Leia, and later went on to establish herself as an author and screenwriter. Fisher suffered a heart attack Dec. 23 on a flight betw

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