A tabloid report claiming Carrie Fisher died of AIDS is untrue. Gossip Cop can bust this story. Aside from there being no real evidence to support such a claim, we also spoke with Fisher's brother, Todd, to help set the record straight.

The unsubstantiated article comes from the Globe, which announces in a headline, "Princess Leia Died From AIDS!" The article begins by claiming the late actress was "killed by the AIDS virus she caught during a torrid fling with infected Queen rocker Freddie Mercury — and the truth was burned along with her body to protect her legacy." The allegations are based on the supposed findings of Vincent Parco, a private investigator known for the reality show "Parco P.I." The show ended in 2006, and Parco was arrested last year for his alleged involvement in a blackmail case.

Parco deems Mercury as "the most likely candidate to have passed the AIDS death sentence on to Fisher." The contention that Fisher and Mercury had an affair seems to stem from a new unauthorized biography of the beloved "Star Wars" star and her equally beloved mother, Debbie Reynolds. No one from Fisher's estate or Mercury's estate has ever confirmed they were romantically involved.

The tabloid goes on to allege that Fisher was cremated following her death in 2016 "to hide the true cause of death." The magazine, however, can't back that claim up, and points out that the cremation "means the body can never be exhumed for testing." Apparently the outlet believes that gives it leeway to peddle what amounts to a conspiracy theory. Notably, no reputable media have made any similar assertions.

And now Fisher's own brother, Reynolds' son, is strongly denying the allegations. "She did not have AIDS," he tells Gossip Cop, noting, "The cremation was Carrie's wishes, and the autopsy was very clear — good and bad." Indeed, Fisher's autopsy report, released last year, revealed her cause of death was sleep apnea, which was exacerbated by drug use. After Fisher's cause of death was announced, her daughter Billie Lourd released a statement that said in part, "My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it."

Nothing was said by her family or the Coroner's Office about AIDS. Todd further insists the aforementioned biography, which spread the contentions about a sexual relationship with Mercury, is not "credible," as neither he nor his mom and sister were interviewed. And the Globe article, he says, has "little to no facts," with the AIDS allegation being a "complete fabrication." Todd tells Gossip Cop, "These people should be ashamed of themselves, [but] clearly they are shameless."

Unfortunately, this is not the first time the gossip media has tried to exploit Fisher's death. Last year, Gossip Cop busted RadarOnline, the Globe's sister outlet, for wrongly claiming Todd and Lourd were in a "family feud" over Fisher and Reynolds' estates. Time has shown that the purported dispute was false.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.


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