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Carrie Fisher: A Look Back at Her Life 7 Years After Her Tragic Death

Herbie J Pilato


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She was born on October 21, 1956, in Burbank, CA, and she died seven years ago on December 27, 2016, in Los Angeles. The cause: cardiac arrest, with contributing factors of sleep apnea and atherosclerosis. She was a talented actress and writer who became a pop culture phenomenon. Her name was Carrie Fisher, and this is her story.

A Closer Look

According to IMDb.com, Carrie Fisher died of a “massive” heart attack, while People.com reported she passed away in the hospital due to sleep apnea, a condition where the air doesn’t properly reach your lungs when you’re unconscious or asleep, and “a combination of other factors.”

Allegedly, there were also traces of cocaine and other drugs in her system, though it was not clear if these substances contributed to her demise.

The multi-talented performer, the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, both entertainment icons in their own right, was honest in the public eye concerning her struggles with mental illness and addiction from a young age.

Carrie began smoking marijuana at 13, and her use of cocaine dates back to when she was filming The Empire Strikes Back, the second-produced film in the Star Wars franchise in which she played Princess Leia.


The Star Wars universe, and the world of entertainment in general, has never been the same since Carrie Fisher’s tragic demise. She will never be forgotten by her millions of fans who remain dedicated to paying tribute to her memory and remarkable body of work.

[Note: This article is based on accredited news and media reports, including linked information attributed to IMDb.com and People.com.]

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Herbie J Pilato is the author of several books about pop culture including the newly-published CONNERY, SEAN CONNERY biography, the revised BIONIC BOOK, RETRO ACTIVE TELEVISION, THE 12 BEST SECRETS OF CHRISTMAS, MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY, TWITCH UPON A STAR, and more. He's also a TV writer/producer, and has worked for Reelz, Bravo, E!, TLC, and hosted THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO, the hit classic TV talk show (which premiered on Amazon Prime in 2019).

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