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. She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”
Fisher recently had a heart attack on December 23rd while on a flight from London to LAX.
Carrie Fisher was born on October 21, 1956 and was the daughter of actors Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher. Fisher is survived by her daughter, Billie Lourd.
Fisher was once engaged to actor Dan Akroyd and married, and later divorced, to singer Paul Simon.
All though she followed her family into the field of acting, she will be forever known throughout the world as Princess Leia Organ from Star Wars. She appeared in “A New Hope”. The Empire Strikes Back”, “Return Of The Jedi ” and recently reprized her character in “The Force Awakens”. She just recently finished filming her scenes for “Star Wars: Episode VIII” which will be released in December 2018.
Carrie Fisher was offered and turned down the role of Emmeline in The Blue Lagoon (1980), which went to Brooke Shields. She also turned down the role of Sarah Connor in The Terminator (1984), which went to Linda Hamilton. She was author William Goldman’s ideal choice for the character Buttercup in The Princess Bride (1987), a role that went to Robin Wright instead.
As mentioned, she will appear in Star Wars Episode VIII along side her daughter Billie Lourd, who also joined her mother in last year’s “The Force Awakens”.
May The Force be with you, Carrie.