An autopsy has revealed that Carrie Fisher had taken cocaine, ecstasy and heroin shortly before her death. This past December, she suffered a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles and died in the hospital several days later. She was 60 years old.
Best known for her role in the Star Wars franchise as Princess Leia, Fisher made her struggles with substance abuse and bipolar disorder public throughout her career. She encouraged others to do the same and get professional help, citing the social stigma of substance abuse disorders and mental illness as part of the problem.
Her daughter, Billie Lourd wrote, “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.”