After suffering a heart attack last week, actress Carrie Fisher has died.
Family spokesperson Simon Halls has confirmed the star’s passing, according to THR. She was 60 years old. “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” Hall’s statement read in part. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly.”
Fisher was rushed to the hospital Friday, Dec. 23 after suffering a reported “massive heart attack” on an 11-hour flight from London to Los Angeles.
While no further details have been released, over the weekend Fisher’s mother told fans that the actress was in “stable condition” in a Los Angeles hospital.
“If there is a change, we will share it,” Reynolds tweeted on Sunday. “For all her fans & friends, I thank you for your prayers & good wishes.” On Friday, Fisher’s brother Todd Fisher had assured fans that she was “getting the best care she can receive.”
Reactions from Fisher’s co-stars and friends have begun to surface via social media. Mark Hamill, who famously played Leia’s brother Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars” films, tweeted “no words #Devastated” along with a photo of the two of them as their iconic characters.
Best known for her iconic role as Princess Leia on “Star Wars,” the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, Fisher rose to fame with the release of the classic sci-fi film, but also became well known for her semi-autobiographical novels, including “Postcards from the Edge,” and for her career as one of Hollywood’s top script doctors, polishing screenplays for such films as “Hook,” “Lethal Weapon 3,” “Sister Act,” “Scream 3” and the “Star Wars” prequels.
She returned to the role of Leia Organa for 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and for 2017’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” which completed shooting several months ago. Fisher also released her memoirs in 2016, “The Princess Diarist,” which gathered the journals she kept while filming the original “Star Wars” trilogy.
Though she was a source of inspiration for millions of fans, Fisher faced her share of difficulties as a young actor in Hollywood. While filming the “Star Wars” movies, she became dependent on drugs, and was diagnosed as having bipolar disorder. After relapsing in 1985, the actress turned her life around. She wrote a book about her experiences, “Postcards from the Edge,” which was also developed into a movie starring Meryl Streep as Suzanne Vale, a stand-in for Fisher herself.
Beyond her roles as an actor and screenwriter, Fisher was a feminist icon who used her fame as Princess Leia to encourage young women to aspire for the best in their lives. In mid-2016, Fisher launched an advice column in British newspaper The Guardian. Titled “Advice from the Dark Side,” the column was geared specifically for young readers to send her their problems and ask for help.