Carrie Fisher, the actress best known for her appearance in the original Star Wars films as Princess Leia Organa recently died after suffering a major heart attack at the young age of 60 years of age. Given her previous struggle with drug use and addiction, one may wonder whether or not her death was related. Learn more about Carrie Fisher’s untimely death below and whether or not substance use or drug addiction was involved.
Simon Halls, a spokesperson for Carrie Fisher’s family released a statement on behalf of Billie Lourd (24 years of age), Fisher’s daughter, “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning”. Lourd also said, “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly.”
Carrie Fisher was flying to Los Angeles on Friday, December 23rd from London when she went into cardiac arrest. Paramedics removed her from the flight as quickly as possible and rushed her to the hospital. She was treated for a heart attack but regrettably, she did not make it.
Carrie Fisher’s History
Carrie Fisher is the daughter of world renowned entertainers Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. In 1973, she left Hollywood to attend the Central School of Speech and Drama in London in order to study acting.
Only two years later, she returned to Hollywood and Carrie Fisher made her deput in the Warren Beatty film “Shampoo”. At the age of 19 (in 1977), she appeared in the first Star Wars film which she wrote about, including her on-set affair with Harrison Ford in her latest memoir “The Princess Diarist”.
In addition to all 3 Star Wars films, she Carrie Fisher starred in “The Force Awakens”, “The Blues Brothers”, “The Main with One Red Shoe” “Hannah and Her Sisters” and “When Harry Met Sally”.
Her acting career may have given her little time, but she still had some time for romance as she married musician Paul Simon in 1983. Regrettably, things didn’t work out as Fisher suffered from depression and engaged in drug use. The on-and-off relationship finally ended in divorce in 1984.
Carrie Fisher’s Drug Addiction Problem
Fisher was quite forward and honest about her substance abuse issues over the decades. At just 13 years of age, she started smoking marijuana. She later indulged in other drugs like Cocaine and LSD. A detailed account of Carrie Fisher’s drug addiction problem can be found in the 1987 semi-autobiographical novel “Postcards from the Edge” that was later transformed into a movie.
Fisher stated in an interview with herald-Tribune in 2013, “I never could take alcohol, I always said I was allergic to alcohol and that’s actually a definition to alcoholism – an allergy of the body and an obsession of the mind. So I didn’t do other kinds of drugs until I was about 20. then, by the time I was 21 it was LSD. I didn’t love cocaine, but I wanted to feel any way other than the way I did, so I’d do anything”.
Like many other men and women who suffer from addiction, Fisher was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1985. Later, she became an advocate for mental health awareness.
More About Carrie Fisher and Her Daughter Billie Lourd
In the 90’s, Fisher did a lot of writing, publishing “Surrender the Pink” and “Delusions of Grandma”. In addition, Fisher assisted with the scripts for a number of Hollywood films that she never received credit for. This includes “The Wedding Singer”, “Hook” and “Sister Act”.
Carrie Fisher had Billie Lourd, her only child in July of 1993. She became one of the stars of the popular TV show “Scream Queens”. Her father, Bryan Lourd dated Carrie for 3 years but later married Bruce Bozzi.
In 2005, Fisher received the Women of Vision Award by the Women in Film & Video – DC. In 2008, her “Wishful Drinking” autobiography was transformed into a one-woman stage show and an HBO documentary.
In 2015, Carrie Fisher returned to the Star Wars set for “The Force Awakens”. She told People in 2015, “I knew that something enormous was likely going to impact my life from this film and that there was absolutely no way of understanding what was or was likely to be.” Fisher was nominated for the 2016 Saturn Award for best supporting actress in the film and had already filmed scenes for the next Star Wars “Episode VIII” installment, which is to be released in theaters in December 2017.
Fisher is survived by her mom Reynolds, daughter Lord, brother Todd Fisher, half-sisters Joely Fisher and Trician Leigh Fisher and her beloved French Bulldog named Gary.
Carrie Fisher will be greatly missed by her family, friends and fans worldwide.
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