Coroner: Actress Carrie Fisher died of sleep apnea, among other factors

Marsha Scott
June 17, 2017

Fisher, 60, suffered a medical emergency on an worldwide flight on December 23 and died four days later.

Carrie Fisher (right) with her mother and fellow actor, Debbie Reynolds, in February 1972.

In a statement released on Friday, the Los Angeles County Office of Medical Examiner - Coroner also revealed that Fisher had buildup of fat in the walls of her arteries.

Fisher had long battles with drug addiction and mental illness, the Associated Press reported after she died, which she had been open about in her memoirs and novels.

The "Star Wars" actress had also taken multiple drugs, but investigators could not say whether they contributed to their death, the wire service said.

A watch commander for the coroner's office declined to provide additional details on the findings, referring questions to a representative who was not immediately available.

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The report leaves the cause of death "undetermined" for the 60-year-old, best known as Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies.

Reynolds died the following day.

Carrie Fisher and Billie Lourd walk the red carpet. "We're not enlightened. There's nothing about this that is enlightening", he said.

Fisher was open about her regular drug use, including drugs prescribed by doctors to treat her mental health conditions.

"If you want to know what killed her, it's all of it", he said.

Her bipolar disorder was treated with electroshock therapy and medication. Her first film role was opposite Warren Beatty in the 1975 hit "Shampoo".

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