Back in December, the world suffered a tragic loss when the great Carrie Fisher passed away unexpectedly. At the time, we’d heard that the actress had been having health problems and had been rushed off a plane after collapsing just days earlier. That’s all we really knew, however, and it’s only today that the results from the autopsy report have been revealed, finally telling us what caused Fisher’s death.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress died from “sleep apnea and a combination of other factors.” What those “other factors” are is currently unknown, as “investigators were not able to pinpoint an exact cause.” They did note though that there was a “buildup of fatty tissue in the walls of her arteries,” which no doubt contributed to her death. There were also signs of Fisher having taken “multiple drugs,” though it’s unknown whether or not that had anything to do with why she died.
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Fisher’s brother, Todd, wasn’t surprised by the results, saying that his family did not want a coroner’s investigation of his sister’s death. “We’re not enlightened. There’s nothing about this that is enlightening,” he told the press. “I would tell you, from my perspective that there’s certainly no news that Carrie did drugs,” Fisher continued, before saying that most of the drugs the actress took were to treat her mental health problems.
Our hearts are still broken over the actress’ untimely death and no matter what the exact cause is, she’ll be missed dearly by millions around the world. Thankfully, we’ll get to see her on the big screen one last time when she reprises her role as Leia Organa in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which flies into theatres this December.
RIP Carrie Fisher, you’ll always be our Princess.