Actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, has died at the age of 60.
Fisher went into cardiac arrest Friday, December 23 while flying from London to Los Angeles. She was rushed to a nearby medical centre upon landing and treated for a heart attack.
Simon Halls, a family spokesperson, confirmed the news to Entertainment and People magazine with 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,” the statement read.
“She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”
Thank you Carrie Fisher for all that you've given us. You'll be missed. pic.twitter.com/q74YkG9KPg
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) December 27, 2016
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) 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
When I was a young man, Carrie Fisher she was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. She turned out to be witty and bright as well.
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) December 27, 2016
We’ll never forget you, Carrie. May the Force be with you always.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) December 27, 2016