Sleep Apnea Factored In Carrie Fisher’s Death, Coroner Reports

When Carrie Fisher fell unconscious on a flight from London to L.A. in December, it was widely reported she had suffered a massive heart attack.

However, according to the Los Angeles County coroner, Fisher died from sleep apnea and “other factors.”

But in a statement the LA coroner said the exact cause was unknown.

Sleep apnoea is a common condition in which a person stops breathing during sleep, either for a few seconds or minutes.

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As well as listing sleep apnoea as a cause of death, the coroner’s statement cited other factors, including heart disease and drug use.

In a statement released to People magazine after the coroner’s ruling, Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd said: “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.”

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