Judy Garland. Jimi Hendrix. Elvis Presley. John Belushi. Michael Jackson. Amy Winehouse. Whitney Houston. Philip Seymour Hoffman. Prince.
Add Carrie Fisher to the sad list of great talents whose deaths were related to drug use.
On Monday, the Los Angeles County coroner released a toxicology report that said Fisher’s system contained cocaine, MDMA (also knownas ecstasy), alcohol and opiates when she went into cardiac arrest on a Los Angeles-bound flight, was rushed the hospital, and died four days later in Southern California.
Her cause of death was listed as sleep apnea with other factors, and a statement stated “other conditions” including “atherosclerotic heart disease, drug use.”
It also said: “How Injury Occurred: Multiple drug intake, significance not ascertained.”
Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, issued a statement to People: “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.”
Her sibling Todd Fisher said his sister’s battle with drugs and bipolar disorder “slowly but surely put her health in jeopardy over many, many years,” he said. “I honestly hoped we would grow old together, but after her death, nobody was shocked.”
The Los Angeles Times reported that Fisher’s assistant told authorities that Fisher slept most of the flight and had a few apneic episodes during her last flight. Toward the end, she could not be awakened, the report states. A few minutes later, she began vomiting profusely and slumped over, the report stated.
Before arrival, a pilot told the control tower that nurses onboard were attending to an “unresponsive” passenger.
Fisher, daughter of Hollywood couple Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, made her film debut in 1975 in “Shampoo” with Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn, but her
biggest claim to fame was as Princess Leia in the 1977’s “Star Wars.”
She later published acclaimed books which dug into personal issues in her life including “Postcards From the Edge,” “Wishful Drinking” and “The Princess Diarist.”
BROOKE, CALVIN REUNITE
Brooke Shields, who in 1981 as a 15-year-old notoriously asked “What gets between me and my Calvins? Nothing” (in a Calvin Klein jeans ad that’s tame by today’s standards) is going to be selling the designer again.
The New York Post reports that Calvin Klein CEO Steve Shiffman mentioned at a recent Time Inc event, “We are going to be working with Brooke again very soon.”
A few months ago, new creative director Raf Simons also made note of it when the actress was in the audience as he debuted his first collection for the company.
Chef Alex Guarnaschelli is 45. … Actress Nicole Kidman is 50. … Actor John Goodman is 65. … Singer Lionel Richie is 68. … Musician Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys is 75. … Actor John Mahoney is 77. … Actor Danny Aiello is 84. … Actress Olympia Dukakis is 86. … Actor Martin Landau is 89.