It was revealed on Friday that Carrie Fisher had a number of drugs in her system at the time she passed away.
Many on the internet seem split as to whether or not it is relevant information, some even going so far as to say it is private information that the public doesn’t need to know.
So apparently Carrie Fisher's autopsy showed high levels of NONE OF OUR DAMN BUSINESS.— Annalee (@leeflower) June 19, 2017
EXCUSE ME, and I can't believe I have to remind people of this, but Carrie Fisher drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra— Mere Smith (@EvilGalProds) June 19, 2017
But her daughter, Billie Lourd, has a bit of a different take on it. She released a beautiful statement to PEOPLE, explaining why we should openly talk about her mother’s death.
“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.”
Regardless whether you agree with the decision to make the news public or not, we can all agree she was an incredible woman.
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The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, Depression Hurts and Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 all offer ways of getting help if you, or someone you know, may be suffering from mental health issues.
If you or a loved one is struggling with a drug or alcohol addition, you can call the Ontario Drug and Alcohol Helpline at 1-800-565-8603 for assistance and support.