Carrie had 'cocaine and heroin' in her system when she died

More details have come from the coroner reporting on Carrie Fisher’s cause of death, revealing the drugs the star had in her system when she was admitted to an LA hospital after a flight from London on December 23. She passed away four days later.

Carrie had 'cocaine and heroin' in her system when she died

Carrie had 'cocaine and heroin' in her system when she died

The toxicology review released on Monday (US time) found evidence of cocaine, MDMA (ecstasy), opiates and alcohol in the Star Wars actress’ system.

Carrie died on December 27, four days after a medical emergency on a flight from London. Source: Getty

According to the coroner’s reports, the test revealed cocaine would have been taken within the previous 72 hours.

The report also indicated an “exposure to heroin, but that the dose and time of exposure cannot be pinpointed…therefore we cannot establish the significance of heroin regarding the cause of death in this case.”

On Friday, coroner’s officials in Los Angeles released initial findings, reporting that Carrie, 60, died from sleep apnea and a combination of other factors.

Her mother Debbie Reynolds died on December 28, just one day after her daughter. Source: Getty

Among the factors was a buildup of fatty tissue in the walls of her arteries, while the actress also showed signs of having taken multiple drugs - however, investigators weren't able to determine whether they actually contributed to her death in December.

They said in a statement that unfortunately, because a number of factors contributed to her passing, investigators were not able to pinpoint an exact cause of death, so it will be officially listed as "undetermined".

Sleep apnea is a condition where a person's breathing pauses during sleep, these can be for a matter of seconds, or for several minutes.

Her brother Todd and daughter Billie have both released statements after the coroner's findings were made public. Source: Getty

Carrie's brother Todd Fisher, said he wasn't surprised by the results and added that his family didn't want a coroner's investigation of his sister's death.

"We're not enlightened. There's nothing about this that is enlightening," he said.

"I would tell you, from my perspective that there's certainly no news that Carrie did drugs," Todd Fisher said. He noted that his sister wrote extensively about her drug use, and that many of the drugs she took were prescribed by doctors to try to treat her mental health conditions.

Carrie shot to fame after appearing as Princess Leia in Star Wars alongside Mark Hamill (left) and Harrison Ford. Source: Lucasfilm

"My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it,” Carrie's daughter Billie Lourd, 24, told People magazine after Monday's toxicology report was released. “She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases.”

“She talked about the shame that torments people and their families confronted by these diseases,” Billie added.

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“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.”

Carrie was open about her struggles, which started when she smoked pot at 13. She began using LSD by 21, before being diagnosed as bipolar at 24. She was treated with electroshock therapy and medication.

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