That picture of Gary Fisher gazing at his human soulmate was supposed to be a tiny bit of happiness in this field of sadness of a post, but looking at it has really brought the sads. Damn me for that.
J. Harvey posted over the weekend about how The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office ruled that Carrie Fisher’s death happened because of a mixture of things including sleep apnea, atherosclerotic heart disease and possibly drugs that were taken before she died. Her death was ultimately ruled “undetermined.” We didn’t know exactly what drugs were in Carrie’s system at the time, but today, the full report was released to public eyes.
The Los Angeles Times says that Carrie had coke, methadone, ethanol, opiates and alcohol in her system when she had a massive heart attack on a flight headed to LAX on December 23, 2016. The toxicology results also show that there was heroin in her system but “the dose and time of exposure cannot be pinpointed.” They also couldn’t say when Carrie did MDMA and the opiates found in her system, but they did say that they believe she did cocaine in the last 72 hours before her flight on December 23. The report says that they can’t say for a fact if the bad shit contributed to her death.
“Ms. Fisher suffered what appeared to be a cardiac arrest on the airplane accompanied by vomiting and with a history of sleep apnea. Based on the available toxicological information, we cannot establish the significance of the multiple substances that were detected in Ms. Fisher’s blood and tissue, with regard to the cause of death.”
Carrie’s daughter Billie Lourd already released a statement saying that Carrie would want her death to encourage people struggling with mental and drug issues to get help. Carrie’s brother Todd Fisher also released a statement about the coroner’s report:
“I would tell you, from my perspective that there’s certainly no news that Carrie did drugs,” Todd Fisher said. He noted that his sister wrote extensively about her drug use, and that many of the drugs she took were prescribed by doctors to try to treat her mental health conditions.
He said his sister’s heart condition was probably worsened by her smoking habit, as well as the medications she took. “If you want to know what killed her, it’s all of it,” he said.
Todd Fisher put it best by saying that she died of “all of it.” I mean, aren’t we all going to die of “all of it.” And since the coroner can’t say what specifically killed Carrie, they should honor her wish and state on her death certificate that she died “drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra.”
And while looking for pictures of Carrie on a photo agency’s website, a heavy slathering of peroxide glamour hit my eyes when I landed on these pictures of a Marilyn Monroe look-alike at Carrie Fisher’s public memorial in March. I added them in, because this post is sad, so I may as well start with a bit of cuteness (see: Carrie and Gary) and end with a bit of glamour (see: Marilyn look-alike).