The entire galaxy is mourning the loss of Carrie Fisher, who passed away on Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack.
The #StarWars icon was on board a flight to Los Angeles from London when she fell ill just 15 minutes before landing. She was resuscitated at LAX airport and reported to be in a stable condition, but sadly did not make it.
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Her Star Wars family have issued touching statements on her passing, speaking fondly of the accomplished actor, writer, producer and mental health advocate:
"She Was Our Princess"
Fisher's on-screen twin Mark Hamill issued the following moving tribute to his beloved "space-twin", describing the incredible impact she had on those around her:
"Carrie Was One-Of-A-Kind"
Despite being a notoriously private individual, Harrison Ford also released a statement to The Wrap, remembering his old Star Wars flame:
"Carrie was one-of-a-kind… Brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely… My thoughts are with her daughter Billie, her mother Debbie, her brother Todd, and her many friends. We will all miss her".
Fisher and Ford's portrayal of Han Solo and Princess Leia's romance in Star Wars is one of the most iconic in sci-fi history:
But there was more to their chemistry than just good acting. The two had a three month long affair during the filming of A New Hope, which Fisher wrote about in her recently released memoirs, The Princess Diarist.
"Don’t Be A Slave Like I Was"
As Star Wars' new female protagonist, Daisy Ridley was mentored by Fisher whilst filming #TheForceAwakens. The young actor told Entertainment Weekly that she is "devastated at this monumental loss":
"How lucky we all are to have known her, and how awful that we have to say goodbye".
Fisher coached Ridley in her role as Rey, and told Entertainment Weekly that she had "been trying to help her" by "warning" her. How? By encouraging her to stand up for herself on set:
"You should fight for your outfit. Don’t be a slave like I was".
Fisher was of course referring to her infamously skimpy slave bikini that she reluctantly wore in Return of the Jedi. Ridley took the advice to heart, and responded in true rebel fashion:
"All right. I'll fight."
Star Wars creator and original trilogy director George Lucas reflected on his time spent with the "powerful princess":
"Carrie and I have been friends most of our adult lives. She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved. In Star Wars she was our great and powerful princess — feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think. My heart and prayers are with Billie, Debbie and all Carrie’s family, friends and fans. She will be missed by all".
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy spoke on behalf of the company, mentioning Fisher's influence on the world as a defining "female hero of our age":
"Carrie holds such a special place in the hearts of everyone at Lucasfilm it is difficult to think of a world without her. She was Princess Leia to the world but a very special friend to all of us. She had an indomitable spirit, incredible wit, and a loving heart. Carrie also defined the female hero of our age over a generation ago. Her groundbreaking role as Princess Leia served as an inspiration of power and confidence for young girls everywhere. We will miss her dearly”.
A Family In Mourning
More and more tributes have been pouring in for the princess, with those involved in the Star Wars franchise expressing their grief and sharing fond memories of Fisher on social media:
1. Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca)
2. John Boyega (Finn)
3. Anthony Daniels (C3PO)
4. Warwick Davis (Wicket the Ewok)
5. Dave Prowse (Darth Vader)
6. Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian)
The actor also tweeted the following statement:
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!
7. 'Star Wars Episode VIII' Director Rian Johnson
8. 'Rogue One' Director Gareth Edwards
"Mommy Is Gone"
But perhaps most touching of all is a series of tweets posted by the Twitter account of Fisher's French bulldog, Gary:
Just before her departure and fatal heart attack, Gary posted the following:
Rest in peace, princess.