Legendary actress Carrie Fisher has died after suffering a heart attack on December 23 while on a plane from London to Los Angeles. Fisher was immediately rushed to the hospital, which is where she eventually passed away. Fisher, 60, was best known for her role as Star Wars‘ Princess Leia Organa.
Simon Halls, a spokesman for the family, released a statement that reads, “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning. She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”
Carrie Fisher was brought up in the world of film and television; her parents were iconic stars Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher. Her breakthrough role came when she was just 19 years old in 1977, when Star Wars premiered to the world. Her fame continued with two additional Star Wars films in 1980 and 1983. She would later reprise her role in 2015 for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Outside of Star Wars, Fisher also had roles in When Harry Met Sally, The Blues Brothers, The Man with One Red Shoe, and Hannah and Her Sisters.
Disney CEO Bob Iger commented on Fisher’s passing saying, “Carrie Fisher was one-of-a-kind, a true character who shared her talent and her truth with her trademark wit and irreverence. Millions fell in love with her as the indomitable Princess Leia; she will always have a special place in the hearts of Star Wars fans as well as all of us who were lucky enough to know her personally. She will be sorely missed, and we join millions of fans and friends around the world who mourn her loss today.”
Fisher is survived by her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds; her daughter, actress Billie Lourd; her brother, Todd Fisher; her half-sisters, actresses Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher; and her French bulldog, Gary.
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