Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, has passed away at the age of 60. Her death comes after she recently suffered a cardiac arrest while on a flight from London to Los Angeles.
Family spokesman Simon Halls released a statement to People on behalf of Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd. “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms her that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning.” The statement went on to say “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”
The daughter of entertainers Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, Carrie Fisher was no stranger to show business. Fisher was well beloved by both fans and contemporaries alike. She had a razor-sharp wit and was unafraid to speak her mind.
Fisher made her film debut in the Warren Beatty film Shampoo at 17. Two years after her film debut, Fisher was cast in her most iconic role as Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars. Fisher had many memorable roles throughout her film and acting career, including turns in Blues Brothers and When Harry Met Sally, but the world will forever remember her as Princess Leia first and foremost.
She will be sorely missed.