- The Washington Times - Monday, June 19, 2017

The coroner who performed an autopsy on actress Carrie Fisher says traces of cocaine, heroin and MDMA, also known as ecstasy, were in her system when she died.

The Hollywood community and “Star Wars” fans around the world reacted in shock on Dec. 27 to the sudden death of Fisher, known for her memoirs and her iconic performance as Princess Leia. A report released Friday attributed Fisher’s death to sleep apnea and unspecified causes. A full report released Monday, however, details a mixture of specific drugs that may have played a role in her death.

“At this time, the significance of cocaine cannot be established in this case,” the report stated, according to CBS News. “Ms. Fisher suffered what appeared to be a cardiac arrest on [a Dec. 23 flight] accompanied by vomiting and with a history of sleep apnea. 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 actress was undergoing treatment at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center at the time of her death.

Fisher, 60, had just finished filming for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which will debut Dec. 15.

“I am not shocked that part of her health was affected by drugs. If you want to know what killed her, it’s all of it,” her brother Todd Fisher told the network while referencing her smoking habit and medications.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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