How Prince Harry’s Time in Afghanistan Helped Him Cope With Princess Diana’s Death

Prince Harry has often strayed away from talking about his late mother, Princess Diana, in the press, but with the 20th anniversary of her death approaching, he has become increasingly candid about how her tragic death has affected him. During a recent interview on Forces TV in promotion for the Invictus Games, the famous royal opened up about how he would get panic attacks after his mother’s death. «In my case, suit and tie, every single time I was in any room with loads of people, which is quite often, I was just pouring with sweat, like heart beating — boom, boom, boom, boom — and literally just like a washing machine,» he told Paralympic medal winner and close friend Dave Henson. «I was like, ‘Oh my God, get me out of here now.’ Oh, hang on, I can’t get out of here, I have got to just hide it.»

It wasn’t until he served in Afghanistan that he sought professional help for his mental health. «Not to get too personal, if you lose your mum at the age of 12 then you’ve got to deal with it and the idea that . . . 15, 17 years later I still hadn’t dealt with it, Afghan was the moment,» he said. «I was like ‘right — deal with it.'» After his second tour in 2014, Harry followed in his mother’s philanthropic footsteps by creating the Invictus Games. Not only has it helped wounded veterans and their families, but Harry admits it has been a sort of cure for himself. «Once I plucked my head out of the sand, post-Afghan . . . it had a huge . . . life changing moment for me. It was like, right, you are . . . Prince Harry, you can do this, as long are you’re not a complete tit, then you’re gonna be able to get that support, because you’ve got the credibility of 10 years’ service and therefore, you can really make a difference.»

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Carrie Fisher Had Cocaine And Other Drugs In Her System At The Time Of Her Death


That picture of Gary Fisher gazing at his human soulmate was supposed to be a tiny bit of happiness in this field of sadness of a post, but looking at it has really brought the sads. Damn me for that.

J. Harvey posted over the weekend about how The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office ruled that Carrie Fisher’s death happened because of a mixture of things including sleep apnea, atherosclerotic heart disease and possibly drugs that were taken before she died. Her death was ultimately ruled “undetermined.” We didn’t know exactly what drugs were in Carrie’s system at the time, but today, the full report was released to public eyes.

The Los Angeles Times says that Carrie had coke, methadone, ethanol, opiates and alcohol in her system when she had a massive heart attack on a flight headed to LAX on December 23, 2016. The toxicology results also show that there was heroin in her system but “the dose and time of exposure cannot be pinpointed.” They also couldn’t say when Carrie did MDMA and the opiates found in her system, but they did say that they believe she did cocaine in the last 72 hours before her flight on December 23. The report says that they can’t say for a fact if the bad shit contributed to her death.

“Ms. Fisher suffered what appeared to be a cardiac arrest on the airplane accompanied by vomiting and with a history of sleep apnea. Based on the available toxicological information, we cannot establish the significance of the multiple substances that were detected in Ms. Fisher’s blood and tissue, with regard to the cause of death.”

Carrie’s daughter Billie Lourd already released a statement saying that Carrie would want her death to encourage people struggling with mental and drug issues to get help. Carrie’s brother Todd Fisher also released a statement about the coroner’s report:

“I would tell you, from my perspective that there’s certainly no news that Carrie did drugs,” Todd Fisher said. He noted that his sister wrote extensively about her drug use, and that many of the drugs she took were prescribed by doctors to try to treat her mental health conditions.

He said his sister’s heart condition was probably worsened by her smoking habit, as well as the medications she took. “If you want to know what killed her, it’s all of it,” he said.

Todd Fisher put it best by saying that she died of “all of it.” I mean, aren’t we all going to die of “all of it.” And since the coroner can’t say what specifically killed Carrie, they should honor her wish and state on her death certificate that she died “drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra.

And while looking for pictures of Carrie on a photo agency’s website, a heavy slathering of peroxide glamour hit my eyes when I landed on these pictures of a Marilyn Monroe look-alike at Carrie Fisher’s public memorial in March. I added them in, because this post is sad, so I may as well start with a bit of cuteness (see: Carrie and Gary) and end with a bit of glamour (see: Marilyn look-alike).

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Police Say Violent Death of Muslim Teen Will Be Investigated as Road Rage Incident, Not Hate Crime

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Carrie Fisher’s Cause of Death Has Been Revealed

The entire world mourned the loss of Carrie Fisher when she passed away last December at age 60, and now her cause of death has been revealed. According to a report by People, Carrie died of «sleep apnea and other causes.» The Los Angeles County medical examiner’s office full summary of Carrie’s death revealed the Star Wars actress «showed signs of having taken multiple drugs» in addition to having a «buildup of fatty tissue in the walls of her arteries.»

According to the Associated Press, Carrie’s death will remain listed as «undetermined» because investigators were unable to pin point an exact cause. Carrie’s 24-year-old daughter, actress Billie Lourd, released a statement to CNN following the medical examiner’s report, writing,

«[She] 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. … 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.»

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Todd Fisher Praises Taylor Lautner For Supporting Billie Lourd After Her Mom’s Death

Todd Fisher has a lot of respect for Billie Lourd’s beau, Taylor Lautner. During an interview with E! News, he opened up about how supportive the Scream Queens actor was of his niece when her mother, Carrie Fisher, and grandmother, Debbie Reynolds, passed away last year. «As any uncle, you’re suspicious of the guy hanging around your niece,» he said. «She’s cute and all that. She’s had other boyfriends, good boyfriends, but I’m certainly going to give that guy the extra look-over. I don’t give a sh*t what his background is.»

Even so, Todd admitted that Taylor has been an incredible rock for Billie. «The truth of the matter is, the guy is pretty spectacular,» he added. «He’s a really deep person, and he has supported her amazingly. He’s stepped up and acted like a husband would act. Not that that’s what’s going on, but it’s just an amazing support system for her, and I’m glad he’s in her life. That’s not easy for me to say, if you think about it!» Since her mother and grandmother’s passing, Billie has been doing her best to preserve their memory. Aside from posting sweet notes and throwback photos on Instagram, she recently honored the late Star Wars actress by dressing up as her fan-favorite character, Princess Leia, during a fan event in April.

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What You May Not Have Known About Grace Kelly’s Untimely Death

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Grace Kelly passed away on Sept. 14, 1982, and the details surrounding her death are still just as tragic. The Princess of Monaco was 52 when a stroke caused her to lose control of the wheel and crash her 1971 Rover P6 3500. On a Monday morning, Grace and her daughter Stéphanie, who was 17 at the time, prepared to leave for the palace after spending time at their country home in Roc Agel. They had tickets for a train to Paris, where Stéphanie would start school that Wednesday. After filling the rear seat with dresses and large hat boxes, Grace told her chauffeur that it would be easier if she drove. Even though he tried to persuade her to let him drive, saying that he could come back for the clothes, she insisted the two make the journey without him.

At about 10 a.m., Grace, with her daughter in the passenger seat, pulled away from Roc Agel and headed down the hill and into La Turbie, a commune in southeastern France. Approximately two miles from La Turbie, Grace missed an especially steep turn, causing the car to crash into a retaining wall and drop more than 100 feet over a cliff. When paramedics arrived, Grace was alive but unconscious and in critical condition. She and Stéphanie were transported to the Monaco Hospital, which has since been renamed the Princess Grace Hospital Centre. A day later, she suffered a second hemorrhage and never regained consciousness. While it has been widely thought that she succumbed to her injuries from the crash, Grace actually died on Tuesday night after her husband, Prince Rainier, chose to take her off life support.

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On the following Saturday, over 400 people, including Cary Grant, Nancy Reagan, and Princess Diana, said farewell to the Hollywood icon, while close to 100 million viewers tuned in on TV. The funeral was held at Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Monaco, where Grace had her fairy-tale wedding to Prince Rainier in 1956. Stéphanie, the youngest of Grace and Rainier’s three children, was not present at the funeral as she was still being hospitalized for minor injuries from the accident. After a requiem mass, Grace was laid to rest in the Grimaldi family vault.

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The Final, Chilling Moments Leading Up to Princess Diana’s Tragic Death

It’s been nearly 20 years since Princess Diana tragically passed away. The Princess of Wales, who was best known for her dedication to charity work and impeccable sense of style, was only 36 years old when she was involved in an automobile accident in the Alma Tunnel in France, just 25 minutes after midnight on Aug. 31, 1997. Diana and her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, sat in the back of the car, while Dodi’s bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, sat in the front with driver Henri Paul. None of them wore seat belts.

Trevor is the sole survivor of the crash, and Dodi and Henri were killed on the spot. Diana’s heart was still beating by the time the ambulance arrived at the Pitié-Salpetrière Hospital in southeast Paris, but shortly after, her condition began to deteriorate. After multiple attempts to revive her, doctors came to terms with the fact that they could no longer do anything more to save her life. Diana went into cardiac arrest at around 2:10 a.m. and was pronounced dead at 4 a.m. In a statement read to a hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, anesthesiologist Daniel Eyraud said, «We decided by common consent to stop heart massage as it was completely impossible to restore cardiac activity after such a long period of arrest. From that point, the Princess was pronounced dead. I personally believe we did everything possible to save the Princess with the appropriate means.»

On Sept. 6, seven days after her passing, Diana was honored with a public funeral that remains one of the most watched events in history. Three million people crowded the streets of London to follow the route of Diana’s coffin from Kensington Palace to her final resting place at the Spencer family home in Althorp, England, and an estimated 2.5 billion people worldwide viewed or listened to the funeral. Diana left behind two sons, Prince Harry and Prince William, who have since devoted their lives to keeping their mother’s legacy alive.

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