Carrie Fisher had cocaine and several other drugs in her system at the time of her death, according to the actress’s full autopsy report which was released today.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office cites sleep apnea as one of the causes of death and also names a variety of drugs that were in her system when she suffered cardiac arrest while traveling on a plane late last year.
“Urine toxicology on admission to the hospital was positive for cocaine, methadone, ethanol and opiates,” the report reads.
It’s important to note that the report also states that although those drugs were in her system, there are “significant limitations in one’s ability to interpret the toxicology results and their contribution to cause of death” — meaning that the coroner’s office couldn’t determine whether those drugs had played a role in Fisher’s death.
The report also adds that the cocaine in her system may have been ingested a few days earlier. It’s not clear when the other drugs in her system were taken.
Now, if it’s one thing I personally know, it’s substance abuse and addiction and what drugs can do to you, and how long drugs stay in your body. Cocaine has a very short half life. Unless you’re doing cocaine all day long, everyday, then yes, it could take anywhere from 5-7 days to get out of your system… but again you would have to be doing a lot of it. If you are using it scarcely, it could take just a couple of hours to completely leave your system. So something isn’t adding up….
Fisher, a “Star Wars” icon, died from “sleep apnea and other undetermined factors” and a history of heart disease, the report states. But the manner of her death remains listed as undetermined, according to the report.
She became unresponsive after suffering a cardiac arrest on Dec. 23 while on a flight from London to Los Angeles. She died four days later, at the age of 60.