Billie Lourd Statement On Carrie Fisher’s Cause Of Death: “I Know My Mom”

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Carrie Fisher Cause Death

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Carrie Fisher Cause Death

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Billie Lourd released a statement on Friday night after Carrie Fisher’s cause of death was revealed. See below.

As Gossip Cop reported, Fisher died last December a few days after seemingly going into cardiac arrest while onboard a flight from Los Angeles to London. While it was initially said she suffered a heart attack, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office shed new light on her untimely passing with a report issued on Friday. According to the coroner’s findings, Fisher’s death was caused by “sleep apnea and other undetermined factors.”

Among other findings was drug use and heart disease. The release, however, notes that “the manner of death has been ruled undetermined.” While it was concluded Fisher had taken drugs prior to her medical emergency, the coroner said the “significance” of that was “not ascertained.”

In response to the findings, Fisher’s daughter says in a statement that she hopes the circumstances contributing to her mother’s death will be a valuable learning experience for others. “My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it. She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases,” says the “Scream Queens” star.

Lourd continues, “She talked about the shame that torments people and their families confronted by these diseases. I know my Mom, she’d want her death to encourage people to be open about their struggles. Seek help, fight for government funding for mental health programs. Shame and those social stigmas are the enemies of progress to solutions and ultimately a cure.”

“Love you momby,” Lourd concludes her remarks, using her affectionate nickname for her mom. She also called her grandmother, Debbie Reynolds, “Abadaba.” As Gossip Cop reported, Reynolds suffered a stroke and died just one day after Fisher. The new statement was first reported by People.

UPDATE: On Monday, the full released autopsy report revealed Fisher had cocaine, heroin and MDMA (ecstasy) in her system when testing was done upon her hospitalization. But the coroner stresses they could not “establish the significance” those drugs may have had in causing her death four days later.

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