By: Renee Grant
Six months after the untimely passing of beloved actress Carrie Fisher, a new coroner’s report has revealed the star’s cause of death.
The report lists Fisher’s cause of death at the age of 60 in December 2016 as sleep apnoea and “other undetermined factors.” In January, TMZ reported that Fisher died of “cardiac arrest/deferred,” with deferred meaning that more investigation would be needed.
The report also lists Fisher’s pre-existing heart disease and drug use, with the latter being referred to as “multiple drug intake, significance not ascertained.” It has been reported the acting legend had relapsed into drug use in the months before her death.
The final report states, “The manner of death has been ruled undetermined.”
In a statement to People, Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd addressed her mother’s addiction and death, stating, “My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it. She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases.”
Lourd goes on to say, “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. 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. Love you Momby.”
Fisher’s final on-screen appearance will come one year after her death in December, reprising her role as Leia in The Last Jedi.