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:
May the force be with you always
— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) December 27, 2016
.@CarriefFisher was a brilliant writer, actor, and friend. She was so much fun. I can't believe she's gone. https://t.co/wpxGvBWA0b
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) 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 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
Nooooo! So SO sad. Carrie Fisher was so inexorably herself, and so open about her life. She'll be sorely missed.
— Adam Savage (@donttrythis) December 27, 2016
Numb. Unbelievable that such a bright funny loving spark could be extinguished. @carrieffisher you will be missed. I wish you peace.
— graham norton (@grahnort) December 27, 2016
I'm deeply saddened at the news of Carrie's passing. She was a dear friend, whom I greatly respected and admired. The force is dark today!
— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) 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
Gone way too soon. RIP Carrie Fisher. https://t.co/2IPyP1DYYD
— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) December 27, 2016
Oh no we lost Carrie Fisher too. She was so funny and full of life. Rip. Condolences to her family and friends. We'll miss her too.
— Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper) December 27, 2016
R.I.P. Carrie Fisher. A brilliantly funny, talented woman. We will miss your humor now more than ever.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) December 27, 2016
Conservative campus activist Lauren Cooley paid her respects.
#CarrieFisher taught us that a damsel could take matters into her own hands & deal with her own distress. RIP.
— Lauren Cooley (@laurenacooley) December 27, 2016
Cooley shares the same sentiment with many Americans from all walks of life:
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