Carrie Fisher Died Of Sleep Apnea And Suffered From Heart Disease

According to the LA County Medial Examiner-Coroner, Carrie Fisher best known as Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies died December 27 at the age of 60 of sleep apnea and other undetermined factors. The coroner’s report also said Fisher suffered from heart disease and other conditions related to drug use. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says sleep apnea is a common disorder in which one have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths in one’s sleep. Sleep apnea and a combination of other things were factors in her death but it was not possible to conclusively determine what caused her death. Among the factors that contributed to Fisher’s death was buildup of fatty tissue in the walls of her arteries, She showed signs of having taken multiple drugs, but investigators could not determine whether they contributed to her death. In an statement to PEOPLE.com Fisher’s only child Billie Lourd addressed the report and said “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. 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.”

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Lourd’s mom (Momby) died December 27, 2016 and the following day December 28th lost her Grandmother Debbie Reynolds. On January 2, 2017 she posted the photo below on her Instagram:

 

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