It is with a heavy heart in reporting that Carrie Fisher has died today at age 60, which was confirmed on Tuesday December 27 by her daughter Billie Lourd (TV’s Scream Queens). Her death is a result of a heart attack the writer-actress suffered while on a flight between London and Los Angeles where she was filming episodes of Catastrophe. The heart attack occurred on Friday, after which she was rushed to the UCLA hospital and remained in critical condition until her passing this morning. She is survived by her daughter, her mother, and her brother Todd.
Fisher was a member of Hollywood royalty as a daughter to Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, who later had a very public breakup when her father had an affair with Elizabeth Taylor. Growing up in the spotlight, Fisher saw all of the darkness that comes with it, especially with her mother’s acting career and the way it detrimentally affected her. This influenced Fisher throughout her own life and even informed some of the subject matter for her writing career. In 1987 she wrote the novel Postcards from the Edge which she later adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep and followed an actress struggling to rebuild her career after an overdose. Fisher herself had her own history with addiction as well and touched upon that in her 2008 autobiographical novel Wishful Drinking.
Fisher was undoubtedly most known for her role in the original Star Wars series as Princess Leia. Her hair buns and golden bikini have already gone down permanently in cinematic history. She reprised the role last year in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will also be featured in Episode VIII, due out at the end of 2017. Fisher also wrote extensively about her experiences on the Star Wars set in her recently published novel The Princess Diarist, in which she revealed a somewhat torrid three-month affair she had with her costar Harrison Ford. “It was so intense,” according to Fisher. “It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend.”
After starring in the Star Wars trilogy, Fisher’s credits went on to include When Harry Met Sally (1989), The Burbs (1989), TV’s 30 Rock (2007), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Soapdish (1991), The Blues Brothers (1980), Austin Powers (1997), and Scream 3 (2000), as well as many television guest appearances like Family Guy.
See the tweets below showing Hollywood’s reaction to Fisher’s death, including some of her Star Wars family.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) 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
We’ve lost a true gem with Carrie Fisher’s passing. Her humor, talent and brutal honesty were gifts to the world. Her voice will be missed.
— Larry King (@kingsthings) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher didn’t make it. I am so terribly sorry, and send my sincere condolences to her family, friends and fans all around the world.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) 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
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher has passed, she was funnier&smarter than anyone had the right to be. Sail On Silver Girl. Condolences Debbie & Billie
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) 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