Carrie Fisher would want to end mental health stigma

Tasha Hegarty
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Carrie Fisher's death was today (June 17) ruled undetermined, although several factors did contribute including sleep apnea, a buildup of fatty tissue in the walls of her arteries and drug use.

Her daughter Billie Lourd has spoken out about her mother's mental health issues following the coroner's report, and encouraged anyone suffering to seek help and try and ultimately end the social stigma of mental health illnesses.

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"My mum battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it," Billie told People in an emotional statement.

"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 mum, 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."

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Carrie, who is best known for her role as General Leia in the Star Wars franchise, died aged only 60 on December 27, 2016, a few days after going into cardiac arrest on a transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles.

The following day, her 84-year-old mother Debbie Reynolds had a fatal stroke. Announcing her death, son Todd Fisher simply said: "She wanted to be with Carrie."

Readers affected by the issues raised in this story are encouraged to contact Samaritans free on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to contact the National Suicide Prevention Line on 1-800-273-8255.

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