Carrie Fisher's death attributed to drug use plus 'sleep apnea and other causes'

Carrie Fisher in 2016
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The cause of Carrie Fisher's death "has been ruled undetermined," said a report from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office on Friday, but "sleep apnea and other causes" were involved. The coroner's report mentioned the Star Wars actress' history of atherosclerotic heart disease and that she had ingested multiple drugs at the time of her death.

"My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it," said a statement from Fisher's daughter, actress Billie Lourd. "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. I know my Mom, she’d want her death to encourage people to be open about their struggles."

Fisher died in December of 2016; her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, died one day later.

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