Carrie Fisher, known around the world as Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars saga, has died at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack, reports People.
A statement from family spokesman Simon Halls was released this morning 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. She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.
Fisher went into cardiac arrest on Friday, December 23 during a flight from London to Los Angeles. Paramedics performed CPR and rushed her to UCLA Medical Center where she later passed away.
Though the actress was best known for playing royalty in a galaxy far, far away, Fisher was considered by many to be Hollywood royalty, as the daughter of stage and screen legend Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher.
Fisher made her movie debut alongside Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn in the 1975 satirical romantic comedy-drama Shampoo before her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars catapulted her to international superstardom two years later.
Fisher openly discussed her struggles with substance abuse, which was the basis for her 1987 best-selling semi-autobiographical novel Postcards from the Edge. A film adaptation of the same name starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine was released in 1990.
She went on to publish additional novels including Surrender the Pink (1990), Delusions of Grandma (1993) and The Best Awful There Is (2004). Fisher was also reportedly one of Hollywood’s most trusted (and uncredited) script doctors, who helped polish many screenplays throughout her career, including Sister Act, Lethal Weapon 3 and Hook.
Fisher, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1985, was also an outspoken advocate for mental health awareness and humorously chronicled her personal battles in her first autobiography Wishful Drinking (2008), which she later turned into a one-woman stage show.
Two other autobiographies followed, Shockaholic (2011) and The Princess Diarist (2016), the latter of which was based on diaries she kept during the time she worked on Star Wars.
Fisher returned to her most iconic role as Princess Leia (now General Leia) in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens in 2015 alongside original cast members Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill, and had recently wrapped filming for the upcoming installment of the saga, Star Wars: Episode VIII.
She is survived by her mother Debbie Reynolds, daughter Billie Lourd, brother Todd Fisher and her bulldog Gary as well as millions of fans to whom she was much more than a princess — she was a hero.
Fisher’s sharp wit and sense of humor were two of the many reasons she was loved by millions around the world. She had just one request for her obituary, which she outlined in her autobiography Wishful Drinking.
In the book, Fisher revealed that Star Wars creator George Lucas told the actress she couldn’t wear a bra under her costume in the space opera, explaining that bodies expand in space and if Leia were to sport underwear beneath her now-iconic white dress she would be strangled by her bra.
Now I think that this would make for a fantastic obit—so I tell my younger friends that no matter how I go, I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.
Therefore, let it be known in galaxies near and far, far away that Carrie Fisher drowned in moonlight, strangled by her bra.
She will be missed.