‘Gone way too soon’; Americans unite in mourning as news of Carrie Fisher’s death stuns a nation

Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia Organa in “Star Wars,” has died after suffering a heart attack on Friday.

Fisher was 60-years-old and went into cardiac arrest aboard an 11-hour flight from London to Los Angeles. The actress was rushed to the hospital after the plane landed and was said to be in stable condition. Fans were under the impression that Fisher was recovering and were shocked and saddened to hear the news of her death.

People Magazine shared a statement from family spokesman Simon Halls 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,” Halls said in the statement.

“She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly,” says Lourd, 24. “Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

People Magazine included a touching video of the tragic news:

Condolences poured in on social media from Hollywood celebrities, media figures and Americans who were fans.

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:





Conservative campus activist Lauren Cooley paid her respects.

Cooley shares the same sentiment with many Americans from all walks of life:




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