Actress Carrie Fisher of Star Wars fame has passed away at the age of 60 after suffering a massive heart attack while traveling from London to Los Angeles.
The star’s untimely passing was confirmed in a statement released by family spokesman Simon Halls on behalf of her 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 was perhaps best known for her role as Princess Leia in the blockbuster series from 1977 to 1983, but had other notable roles in films like When Harry Met Sally, Shampoo, and Blues Brothers.
Born on October 21, 1956, the actress is the daughter of famed Hollywood couple Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher. She reportedly was a very quiet child who “hid in books” before starting her acting career at the age of 15.
Fisher’s private life was well publicized, including her problems with drugs. She used these parts of her life, as well as others, in her work as a screenwriter and novelist.
She leaves behind a brother, two half-sisters, her husband, and daughter. Fisher will forever be remembered for her role in this pivotal film series.