Actress Carrie Fisher, most famous for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars series of films, passed away on Tuesday, December 28th, following a heart attack she had experienced while on board a flight from London to Los Angeles on the previous Friday
Shocked onlookers took to Twitter and told of how at first they were amazed to be sitting near the 60-year-old heroine of Star Wars, and then were shaken to witness her stop breathing, and be taken off the flight by the emergency medical technicians as soon as they landed.
It is claimed that on board the flight had also been a doctor and nurse as fellow passengers, who rushed to the aid of Fisher. Paramedics aggressively treated her at the arrival gate, put her on life support and rushed her to the hospital.
Sadly, yesterday, however, Fisher lost her fight to stay alive. Billie Lourde, Fisher’s only daughter released a statement confirming that her beloved mother had passed away at 8:55am.
Fisher’s Star Wars co-stars have responded in disbelief
Harrison Ford, who played her love interest Han Solo, during Star Wars, on and off screen, remembers her as original and brilliant. Mark Hamill, who played her brother Luke Skywalker, bid farewell to his “space-twin.” Many other celebrities took to twitter with fond memories and outpourings of grief.
Fisher was most famous as Princess Leia in Star Wars, and had played the role since she was a teenager in 1977. She continued this role in The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Return of the Jedi (1983), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and soon to be released by the end of 2017 Star Wars: Episode VIII.
But it wasn’t just the Star Wars series that she starred in, she also appeared in films such as The Blues Brothers (1980), When Harry Met Sally (1989) amongst many others. Most recently she had a recurring role in the UK television program Catastrophe. She occasionally played herself in Sex in the City and The Big Bang Theory.
Fisher was also an accomplished author, and she had been promoting her most recent memoir The Princess Diarist on a book tour of the UK, before she caught the fateful flight that saw her experience the cardiac arrest that would end her life. This final memoir recalls the behind-the-scenes activities that took place during the Star Wars film series. Her previously authored memoirs were Wishful Drinking and Shockaholic. She had also penned 4 novels.
She was the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, also both famous Hollywood stars. Fisher was brought up within the stereotypical Hollywood environment, with it’s exposure to drugs and alcohol, and has struggled with these throughout her career. It is unknown if her ill-health had any association to these.
Sorrowfully, Fisher pre-deceased her 84-year-old mother, who released this heartbreaking statement: “Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter. I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love Carries Mother.”
Carrie Fisher’s brutal wit and sparkling beauty will be truly missed.