Days after we lost pop icon, George Michael, Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher has passed away at the age of 60.
Family spokesman Simon Halls released a statement on behalf of Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd: “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” reads the statement. "She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”
Fisher was flying from London to Los Angeles on Friday, Dec. 23, when she went into cardiac arrest. Paramedics removed her from the flight and rushed her to a nearby hospital, where she was treated for a heart attack.
Fisher was only 19 when the first installment of the beloved sci-fi franchise was filmed which of course propelled her to international stardom. In addition to the second and third Star Wars films and last year’s The Force Awakens, Fisher starred in 1980’s The Blues Brothers, The Man with One Red Shoe, Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters in 1986 and, later, When Harry Met Sally. She also wrote the screenplay for Postcards from the Edge which was based on her book.
Besides battling bipolar disorder, Fisher was also once heavy into drugs in the early 80's. Fisher reprised the role that made her a global superstar for last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Multiple sources are confirming that Fisher’s work on Star Wars: Episode VIII, scheduled for release in December 2017, was complete. Sadly we might not know how the journey of Princess Leia is going to continue after the iconic actress is now gone.
May our always gutsy Princess rest in peace and the force be with you.
(Excerpts from Time and Gizmodo)