Thursday, June 22, 2017

Carrie Fisher's Death was Precipitated by Sleep Apnea & Illegal Drugs

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It was a sad day for a lot of us geeky Star Wars fans on December 23, 2016.  That was the day that word went out that Carrie Fisher had died on a flight from London to Los Angeles.  I’m starting to realize the reality that sets in when people from your formative years begin to pass away.
For quite a while it was thought that Carrie had simply had a heart attack and departed this realm.  However, last Friday the LA County coroner announced that there were several things that were potentially at fault.  
Those things are illegal drugs and sleep apnea.  As a dentist, I treat OSA or Obstructive Sleep Apnea on a regular basis and it seems that Ms. Fisher was known to have the disease.  However, combining OSA with drugs that are known to suppress the breathing reflex is a really bad idea.  Most people who die of a herion overdose actually die from a failure to breathe.  So it’s easy to see how that can negatively affect an individual with a known history of OSA.
Also, if you suffer from sleep apnea, make sure to discuss it with your dental professional.  We have ways that can help!
Here is the coroner’s statement:

June 16, 2017 – The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner conducted an examination on the body of Carrie Francis Fisher, age 60, on December 30th, 2016.

The findings of the examination have established the cause of death to be as follows:

Cause of death: Sleep apnea and other undetermined factors

Other conditions: Atherosclerotic heart disease, drug use

How Injury Occurred: Multiple drug intake, significance not ascertained

The manner of death has been ruled undetermined.

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