Wednesday 23 August 2017

Fisher took cocaine, heroin in days before she became ill

Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher

Anthony McCartney

Carrie Fisher's post-mortem report shows the actress had cocaine in her system when she fell ill on a plane last year, but investigators could not determine what impact the cocaine and other drugs found in her system had on her death.

The report released yesterday said Fisher may have taken cocaine three days before the December 23 flight on which she became ill. She died four days later.

It also found traces of heroin and MDMA, which is also known as ecstasy, but that they could not determine when Fisher had taken those drugs.

The findings were based on toxicology screenings done on samples taken when the 'Star Wars' actress arrived at a Los Angeles hospital.

Coroner's officials ruled Fisher died from sleep apnoea and a combination of other factors. A news release issued on Friday mentioned drugs were found in Fisher's system, but it did not provide details.

Yesterday's full report contains a detailed explanation of the results, such as why investigators believe Fisher took cocaine at least three days before her flight.

"At this time the significance of cocaine cannot be established in this case," the report stated. It also said that while heroin is detectable in the system for a briefer period of time, investigators could not determine when Fisher took it or the ecstasy.

"Ms Fisher suffered what appeared to be a cardiac arrest on the airplane accompanied by vomiting and with a history of sleep apnoea. Based on the available information, we cannot establish the significance of the multiple substances that were detected in Ms Fisher's blood and tissue," it said.

Irish Independent

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