Carrie Fisher’s daughter is speaking out about her mother having cocaine, heroin and other drugs in her system at the time of her death last December.
‘My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it,’ actress Billie Lourd said in a statement.
‘She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases.’
The author and Star Wars icon’s primary cause of death was sleep apnea but an autopsy report released this week concludes that drugs were a contributing factor.
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.
‘She talked about the shame that torments people and their families confronted by these diseases,’ says her daughter.
‘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.’
Lourd has followed her mother and grandmother – the late Debbie Reynolds – into acting and was part of the cast of the Fox series Scream Queens.
A grieving Reynolds died a day after her daughter. She was 84.