Carrie Fisher had heroin and other drugs in her system at the time of her death last December, according to an autopsy report released Monday (19 June).
The author and Star Wars icon’s primary cause of death was sleep apnea but the report concludes that drugs were a contributing factor.
In addition to heroin, other drugs found in Fisher’s body were cocaine, methadone, and ecstasy.
Fisher, 60, went into cardiac arrest while on a flight from London to Los Angeles last 23 December.
‘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 states.
Fisher was also taking the prescription drugs Prozac, Abilify and Lamictal as well as oxycodone. She did not have a prescription for the oxycodone.
Fisher had a long history of drug use which she chronicled in such books as Postcards From the Edge and Wishful Drinking.
She also had bipolar disorder which she also wrote about and spoke publicly about extensively.
Fisher had been especially busy in the weeks before her death promoting her latest book The Princess Diarist about the filming of the original Star Wars film.
She became an overnight star as Princess Leia and revealed in the book that she and co-star Harrison Ford has an affair during filming of the first movie of the King- running franchise.
Fisher is the daughter of beloved movie legend Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher.
A grieving Reynolds died a day after her daughter. She was 84.
Fisher’s gay fan base grew over the years especially after the success of her book Postcards From the Edge which was turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.
She also became known for her witty talk show appearances and her one- woman show Wishful Drinking in which she detailed her battle with drugs and her parents’ marriage which ended when her father left her mother for Elizabeth Taylor .