Billie Lourd's Official Statement on Carrie Fisher's Toxicology Report Is Nothing Short of Awe-Inspiring

Carrie Fisher and Billie Lourd
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When Carrie Fisher passed away in December at just 60 years old, her untimely, tragic death was attributed to a heart attack aboard a transatlantic flight. Now, more specifics are being reported following the release of Fisher's toxicology report, and the late actress's only child Billie Lourd has released a statement in the wake of the development. 

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According to official documents from the LA County coroner's office obtained by People, Fisher had cocaine, methadone, ethanol, and opiates in her system when she passed.

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Still, it's unclear whether these drugs ultimately led to her death. "Based on the available toxicological information, we cannot establish the significance of the multiple substances that were detected in Ms. Fisher's blood and tissue, with regard to the cause of death," the report notes. 

In response, Fisher's daughter, Lourd, 24, offered a statement to People that's nothing short of powerfully emotional and beautifully heartbreaking:

"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 the enemies of progress to solutions and ultimately a cure. Love you Momby."

What a heart-wrenching display of love from a daughter for her mom.  

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At the same time, Lourd's words are also so on-point and important. It's abhorrent that in 2017, there's still so much stigma around mental illness and drug addiction -- and yet, all too often, when details like those included in this toxicology report are released, public tongue-wagging abounds. It seems the best way to tackle this head-on is by talking more, like Lourd says. Talking about real people who've struggled with one or both diseases. Trading shaming for solutions. Showing compassion. All of this could serve to normalize something considered taboo that is, ironically, and in turn, an epidemic. 

With hope, Lourd continues to speak out and encourage others to do the same. After all, as her daughter so beautifully stated, that is exactly what Fisher would have wanted.

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