How Debbie and Carrie really died

More details have been revealed abut the death of Debbie Reynolds.

 

Her death certificate has now confirmed she was killed by an "intracerebral hemorrhage", which is a type of stroke.

Debbie and Carrie in 'Bright Lights', a HBO documentary about their lives. Source: HBO.

"She really wanted to be with Carrie," her surviving son Todd Fisher said in an interview on ABC's 20/20 just days after her death. "In those precise words, and within 15 minutes from that conversation, she faded out. Within 30 minutes, she technically was gone. She started to have a stroke."

Meanwhile her daughter Carrie was believed to have died from a massive heart attack 15 minutes from the end of an international flight from London to LA.

However her death certificate has muddied the waters.

The cause of Carrie's death was listed as a "cardiac arrest/deferred", meaning the investigation will be continued. As a result, toxicology tests will likely be conducted, which can take weeks to complete.

Billie Lourd (Carrie's daughter) with Carrie and Debbie. Source: Getty.

Shortly before her death, a friend claimed she'd seen the former drug addict "high as a kite" around Thanksgiving.

"Some of her friends I talked to doubted she was ever totally clean and sober because she got doctor’s ­prescriptions to treat her bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety," the source told The Sun.

Carrie has been very vocal about her battle with drug addiction through her lifetime.

She first smoked marijuana when she was 13-years-old after her mother introduced her to the drug.

The Stars Wars actress admitted she took cocaine, LSD and painkillers during her struggle with substance abuse.

Carrie passed away at the age of 60. Source: Getty.

“You know how they say that religion is the opiate of the masses? Well I took masses of opiates religiously,” she says.

In 2010 she admitted to doing cocaine on the set of The Empire Strikes back in 1980.

She says: “We did cocaine on the set of Empire in the ice planet. I didn’t even like coke that much. It was just a case of getting on whatever train I needed to take to get high.”

Carrie in Stars Wars as Princess Leia. Source: Lucas Films.

Her mother Debbie recalls a particularly low moment in Carrie's life in which she overdosed at a hotel in London.

Debbie, who was in the States at the time, was forced to call on her good friend actress Ava Gardner to check on Carrie.

"I spent the rest of the night on the phone to Ava, who had rushed to St James’s Hotel off Piccadilly in London and, bursting into Carrie’s room with the manager, found my daughter face down on the floor," she wrote in her autobiography.

"Carrie was fully dressed, shoes included. All the windows were wide open, and the TV was on. Ava called a doctor, and stayed with her until she was sure the danger was over."

Carrie wrote about her battle with addiction in her memoir Wishful Drinking, and her novel Postcards from the Edge, was turned into a movie.

“All in, I’ve had about four or five slips since I started going to 12-step support groups at the age of 28, making that four or five slip ups in 23 years, which is not great,” she once said.

A private memorial service was held in Los Angeles so family and friends could pay their respects to the Hollywood royalty.

Meryl Streep, Meg Ryan, Ed Begley Jr. and Courtney Love were all seen entering the compound where the mother-daughter duo lived next door to one another.

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Meryl was seen carrying a large bunch of white flowers. Source: Getty.

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Meg Ryan arrives for the service. Source: Getty

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Carrie ashes were placed in an urn decorated as a giant Prozac pill.

Carrie's brother Todd Fisher was photographed carrying the urn in the cemetery, and told Entertainment Tonight that it had served as beloved decoration in the star's home.

“Carrie’s favourite possession was a giant Prozac pill that she bought many years ago. A big pill,” Todd said.

“She loved it, and it was in her house, and [Carrie's daughter] Billie and I felt it was where she’d want to be.”

"We couldn't find anything appropriate. Carrie would like that," he added.

"It was her favourite thing, and so that's how you do it. And so they're together, and they will be together here and in heaven, and we're OK with that."

Carrie openly spoke about her Bipolar Disorder throughout the years, and wasn't one to shy away from a gag about the drug either, joking in 2009 that her kitchen tiles were “shaped and labeled like enormous tablets of Prozac."

Carrie's brother Todd Fisher carries her urn. Source: Splash.

Although Carrie has already been cremated, Debbie, along with some of her daughter's ashes, will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

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