This afternoon, "Star Wars" legend Carrie Fisher passed away following her heart attack last week. In the wake of this news, those whose lives she has touched took to Twitter to express their grief and condolences for her loss, including longtime friend and co-star Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 27, 2016
There are no words for this loss. Carrie was the brightest light in every room she entered. I will miss her dearly. pic.twitter.com/GgIeYGeMt9
— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) December 27, 2016
I thought I had got what I wanted under the tree. I didn't. In spite of so many thoughts and prayers from so many. I am very, very sad.
— Anthony Daniels (@ADaniels3PO) December 27, 2016
— Warwick Davis (@WarwickADavis) December 27, 2016
I'm deeply saddened to learn of the death of Carrie Fisher. I will miss our banterings. A wonderful talent & light has been extinguished.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) December 27, 2016
I'm deeply saddened at the news of Carrie's passing. She was a dear friend, whom I greatly respected and admired. The force is dark today!
— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) December 27, 2016
Dearest Carrie, so incredibly sad to say farewell so soon to such a beautifully honest and unique human being- see you in the multiverse.
— Andy Serkis (@andyserkis) December 27, 2016
We've lost our Princess. pic.twitter.com/N9xMYe6jLT
— Gwendoline Christie (@lovegwendoline) December 27, 2016
I'm heartbroken! Such a special person gone way too soon. I will forever miss #CarrieFisher. RIP
— Greg Grunberg (@greggrunberg) December 27, 2016
Carrie was an incredible person. I feel lucky I got to know her, and heartbroken.
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) December 27, 2016
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) December 27, 2016
Such a sad day for her family, friends and millions of fans. Carrie Fisher is deeply missed.
— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) December 27, 2016
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) December 27, 2016
Fuck this year. Fuck this whole sick, worthless cruel prank of a year. #RIPCarrieFisher
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 27, 2016
— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher you were a force throughout your life. And went away too soon dammit. RIP. And 2016 you suck.
— Connie Britton (@conniebritton) December 27, 2016
— Bobby Moynihan (@bibbymoynihan) December 27, 2016
R.I.P. Carrie Fisher. Seeing her again on talk shows was such a thrill. So hilarious & fearless when she was being herself.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 27, 2016
She was the brightest, funniest, bravest, kindest, cleverest and sweetest person I ever knew. A crushing blow to lose @carrieffisher
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) December 27, 2016
No. No. Fuck this shit. Carrie Fisher is a fucking legend and this is bullshit.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher "Ugh,will everybody stop all of this?"Us "no, let us gush, you just have to take it"
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher was smart, funny, talented, surprising, and always a hell of a fun time to be around. Family Guy will miss her immensely.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) December 27, 2016
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.