Newswire: Coroner says cause “undetermined” in Carrie Fisher’s death

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner has issued a statement on the December 27, 2016 death of Carrie Fisher, ruling that the cause of death is undetermined, but that a number of factors—including sleep apnea, atherosclerotic heart disease, and drug use—were involved.

Fisher’s daughter, actress Billie Lourd, issued a statement to People tonight, discussing the impact of drugs and mental illness on her mother’s life:

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. 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 …

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