Fans of iconic “Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher were shocked Monday after the release of her full autopsy report revealed there were a number a illegal drugs in her system at the time of her death.
The report, which was released six months after her passing in December, determined the actress had taken cocaine, ecstasy, and heroin within 72 hours of boarding a flight just days before her passing.
The full autopsy report also revealed that “sleep apnea and other undetermined factors,” such as heart disease and drugs, were likely the leading causes of her death.
Fisher has been candid about her struggle with addiction in the past. In her final book, “The Princess Diarist,” Fisher referred to herself as a “drug addict” and “manic depressive,” according to Inverse.Image Credit: Screenshot/Facebook
Following the autopsy report release, Billie Lourd, Fisher’s daughter, told People that she felt those battles ultimately ended her mother’s life:
“My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it.”
Although the full autopsy report shed light on Fisher’s struggles, not everyone thinks it should have been released.
Dr. Drew Pinsky, an addiction medicine specialist, and Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC’s senior medical contributor, stopped by “Good Morning America” on Tuesday to talk about the latest report.
And Dr. Ashton had some harsh words…Image Credit: Screenshot/GMA
The senior medical contributor said she didn’t agree with the decision to release Fisher’s full autopsy. She said:
“The troubling thing to me about this report, other than what Dr. Drew is talking about with the relapse of someone who has battled substance abuse and the chronic untreated conditions possibly, is the fact that the actual full autopsy report was even released in its entirety to the public.”
Dr. Ashton said that the autopsy report should have been kept private, even though Fisher is a movie star:
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“I have a huge problem with that. She may be a world-famous actress, but she is an individual. And patient privacy, in my opinion, has to come first.”
She continued to slam the release as “unprofessional” and claimed there were less invasive ways to distribute the latest information. She told “GMA”:
“I don’t think we need an autopsy report with a diagram of her body and sketches released to get this information out. You could have said it in 3 sentences – substances, sleep apnea, and achieved the same thing.”
Fisher died on December 27 at age 60.
Her daughter, Billie, told People that she hopes her mother’s struggles will inspire others to seek help for their own battles.