An autopsy report released on Monday revealed Carrie Fisher took methadone, heroin, cocaine, and ecstasy when she died December last year. Star Wars fans around the world mourned the death of Princess Leia Star last year. Now, the actress' toxicology report just showed how Fisher coped with her personal struggles in life.
The coroner's report wrote Fisher died from sleep apnea, with drug intake as a contributing factor. The report showed the actress had ingested cocaine three days before she died. Examinations also revealed she took heroin that suppressed her breathing resulting in cardiac arrest.
Fisher's family declined to have a full autopsy of the actress' body. Coroner's findings are only limited to external body examination and toxicology reports.
Fisher died on December 27, 2016, just four days after going into cardiac arrest on a flight from London. Health experts said excessive drug use could exacerbate sleep apnea and could result in death. However, it was not established whether Fisher took any drug while aboard on the international flight.
In an interview, Pastor Todd Fisher, brother of Carrie Fisher, said her sister used drugs to cope with her problems. In Carrie's final days, he thanked fans and well-wishers for their love and prayers to her sister. Todd became a church leader shortly after Carrie's fame with the Star Wars franchise. He started his own church in the 1980s and encouraged her sister to become a Christian.
However, Carrie only loved the idea of God but never followed her Born-Again brother. In her autobiographical book Wishful Drinking, she wrote: "Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell.". The actress/writer described herself as agnostic.
Interestingly, Carrier was never harsh in her agnosticism. She blasted UK cinemas for banning a Church of England advert which features the Lord's Prayer before showing Star Wars: the Force Awakens on the big screen. The advertisement reportedly offended some audiences.
"I have no idea why they would do that," she told The Guardian. "Offended? No. People should get a life. I don't think it is offensive to have a 'power of prayer' advert before Star Wars."
In her books and public engagements, Fisher was vocal about her life struggles and her prickly relationship with her mother. She was also open about her mental health issues and religious views.