At least, it was a turn for us.
For Carrie’s brother, Todd Fisher, the news Carrie had been using again was not much of a surprise at all.
Like Carrie’s daughter Billie Lourd, who responded to the news by renewing her mother’s fight for honesty, to remove the stigma of addiction so that people wouldn’t be afraid to seek help, Todd was “not shocked” by the news.
He told ET:
“I would tell you, from my perspective that there’s certainly no news that Carrie did drugs. If you want to know what killed her, it’s all of it.”
In fact, Todd implied drugs were such a part of Carrie, they kept her alive as much as they killed her. He said:
“Without her drugs, maybe she would have left long ago. I am not shocked that part of her health was affected by drugs.”
Wow. That is a statement only someone so close to her could make.
Speaking of which, Carrie’s sister Joely Fisher also had a slightly different take on the news. She said:
“She spent a lifetime well documenting her dance with demons. It’s a shame we can’t hear her own words regaling us with this final kick line.
Do not let this change the way you feel about my brilliant sister. She was a lot of things to a lot of people, but never a liar. She lived hard, let her rest. She is a hero for all those suffering from mental illness and drug addiction and once again she is controlling the narrative brilliantly.”
After the reveal there were apparently some fans calling out Carrie’s doctors for prescribing her such strong drugs considering her history — she had traces of prescription opioids methadone and oxycodone in her system — but Todd is ready to defend her docs, saying:
“They were doing their best to cure a mental disorder. Can you really blame them?”
Most fans though, says Todd, have sent pure love:
“We are touched by the outpouring and overwhelming support from her fans. The few negative comments are crushed by them, they come to her defense and allow us to rest.”
Well, count us among those. We loved Carrie so much from a distance, we can’t imagine what this must be like for her family.
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