Carrie Fisher's Cause of Death Ruled as 'Inconclusive'

Author Thumbnail BY Caitlin Donovan - January 10, 2017

The death certificates for Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, have been released, Entertainment Weekly reports. Carrie Fisher, an author, humorist and actor best known for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, went into cardiac arrest on December 23 and died four days later. Debbie Reynolds, a successful buisinesswoman and actress know for roles like her one in Singin' in the Rain, died one day after her daughter on December 28 after suffering a stroke.

Debbie Reynold's death certificate reveals her cause of death was an intercerebral hemmorage. This means a blood vessel burst in her brain. However, Carrie Fisher's cause of death is less clear cut.

Carrie Fisher's death certificate lists her cause of death as "cardiac arrest/deferred". This mean it's still unknown what specifically triggered her massive heart attack. The Los Angeles Country Coroner's Office intends to do more testing to determine the exact cause, including toxicology tests.

Both Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher were laid to rest in Los Angeles' Forest Lawn Memorial Park on Friday. Some of Carrie's ashes were buried with Debbie Reynolds in an urn shape like a Prozac pill, presumably in honor of her work as an advocate for mental illness.

Whatever Carrie Fisher's exact cause of death turns out to be, she is a great loss to the world and we will continue to honor her and Debbie Reynolds for their many accomplishments and amazing contributions to the world.

Read: Golden Globes Pays Carrie Fisher Tribute, J.J. Abrams Weighs In

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