Carrie Fisher’s Autopsy Reveals Cocktail of Drugs, Including Cocaine, Opiates and EcstasyPosted: June 19, 2017 | |
Carrie Fisher had a drug cocktail in her system when she died in late December after going into cardiac arrest aboard an LAX-bound flight.
Joseph Serna and Richard Winton report: A Los Angeles County coroner’s report released on Monday revealed a mixture of drugs that were in actress Carrie Fisher’s system when she went into cardiac arrest on an L.A.-bound flight and later died.
Fisher’s toxicology review found evidence of cocaine, methadone, MDMA (better known as ecstasy), alcohol and opiates when she was rushed to Ronald Reagan UCLA Hospital on Dec. 23, a toxicology report showed.
The test results “suggests there was an exposure to heroin, but that the dose and time of exposure cannot be pinpointed.” Therefore we cannot establish the significance of heroin regarding the cause of death in this case.”
The tests revealed that the cocaine would have been consumed within the previous 72 hours, according to the autopsy.
Four days later on Dec. 27, Fisher went into cardiac arrest. After 90 minutes of attempting to revive her, officials declared the “Star Wars” actress dead just before 9 a.m.
Her cause of death was listed as sleep apnea with other factors.
In addition to the listed cause of death, the coroner’s statement cited “other conditions: atherosclerotic heart disease, drug use.”
It also said: “How Injury Occurred: Multiple drug intake, significance not ascertained.”
At family’s request, medical examiners did not dissect the corpse. Instead, they conducted CT scans of the body.
“In this case the family requested no autopsy,” said Brian Elias, chief of investigations. “We try to honor the family’s wishes when possible.”
Among other observations, examiners noted a tattoo of a moon and stars on the body’s right ankle, and “extensive metallic dental restoration.” … (read more)
Source: LA Times