Iconic actress and author Carrie Fisher passed away on Tuesday after suffering a massive heart attack during a flight from London to LAX last Friday.
Fisher was taken off the flight after being administered life-saving measures from an EMT on board and was rushed to a nearby hospital. According to TMZ, the actress failed to regain consciousness and her condition didn’t improve when she was brought to the UCLA Medical Center and remained unresponsive.
The actress, 60, was the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher. She, of course, played the iconic Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” franchise, most recently appearing in 2015’s blockbuster “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
She appeared in countless films over the years including “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “Scream 3” and “Sorority Row.” She also made several guest appearances on TV shows like “Sex and the City,” “30 Rock” and “Catastrophe.”
Fisher was a celebrated author, having written several memoirs including “Wishful Drinking” and her 2016 release, “The Princess Diarist.” She also wrote “Postcards from the Edge” that became a movie starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.
She is survived by her daughter Billie Catherine Lourd.
Simon Halls, a spokesperson for the family released a statement to People on behalf of the family and 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’s friend and colleague Steven Spielberg released a statement to ET Canada regarding the passing of his friend: “I have always stood in awe of Carrie. Her observations always made me laugh and gasp at the same time. She didn’t need The Force. She was a force of nature, of loyalty and of friendship. I will miss her very much.”