Carrie Fisher’s death took us all by surprise. She passed away this past December–and it utterly devastated fans and family. AP News recently announced the cause of her death: it’s the the result of sleep apnea, among other reasons. Her death will be listed as “undetermined” on her death certificate. As People stated, “the report stated Fisher had taken multiple drugs prior to her death.”
Because of this, her daughter (and only child), Billie Lourd, released a statement to People–-explaining why she’s also determined to raise mental health and addiction awareness:
“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.”
While is is endlessly tragic that Fisher’s addictions and mental illness likely affected her death, it is also important to remember that addiction is a disease–and not something a person can entirely control. It is unfair to demonize someone because of this–and we should let her death remind us of that fact.
Fisher was a tremendous advocate and because of her candor and smarts, she remains a role model for many.