Carrie Fisher died from sleep apnea and other causes

Susannah Alexander
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The exact cause of Carrie Fisher's death has not been determined, but several factors have been named, including sleep apnea.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office report, released on Friday (June 16), stated that Carrie's sleep apnea condition and a buildup of fatty tissue in the walls of her arteries are likely to have contributed to her death (via The Hollywood Reporter).

The coroner's statement also cited drug use as a cause of death, which will now be listed as undetermined.

Carrie, who is best known for her role as Leia Organa 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, Todd Fisher simply said: "She wanted to be with Carrie."

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The pair were buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood, and among those attending the low-key, private ceremony were Carrie's brother Todd and her daughter Billie Lourd.

This family gathering was held a day after an A-list collection of stars – including Meryl Streep, Meg Ryan, Gwyneth Paltrow and Stephen Fry – paid their respects during a memorial service held at the family's Beverly Hills compound.

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Although Carrie was best known for her role in Star Wars, she starred in a number of other films including Austin Powers, Charlie's Angels, When Harry Met Sally and Blues Brothers.

Her final performance will be seen in Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, which is released in December.

It was previously revealed that Leia was intended to be the focal point of Star Wars Episode IX before her death.

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