Carrie Fisher Cause Of Death Confirmed As A Heart Attack

Katie Jerkovich | Entertainment Reporter

Carrie Fisher’s cause of death has been confirmed by her death certificate as a heart attack, but more tests are needed to determine the underlying cause.

On Monday, Fisher’s death certificate was issued from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and obtained by TMZ. Under the “cause of death” the 60-year-old actress death was listed as  “cardiac arrest/deferred.” (RELATED: Carrie Fisher Dies At 60)

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. (Photo: Getty Images)

(Photo: Getty Images)

The “deferred” part reportedly means that further investigations are needed by the coroner to find out what happened. More tests in the form of toxicology, to determine if any drugs were in her system, could take several weeks to get back and complete. (RELATED: Debbie Reynolds Rushed To Hospital Day After Daughter’s Death)

Fisher suffered a heat attack during her flight from London to Los Angeles on December 23. She died three days later on Dec. 27th at UCLA Medical Center, according to the certificate.

On Monday, TMZ also obtained Fisher’s mom, Debbie Reynold’s, death certificate and it confirmed the actress died of a stroke. The certificate also shows the underlying cause of death as hypertension for the cause of the stroke.

Reynolds died at a Los Angeles hospital the day after Fisher’s death. The legendary 84-year-old actress was with family making plans for her daughter’s memorial when she suffered the stroke.

Fisher and Reynolds were mourned by friends and family last week at a private joint memorial and a joint funeral at Hollywood Hills cemetery the next day. Relatives are reportedly working on plans for a public memorial for them.

Katie Jerkovich

Entertainment Reporter

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