Carrie Fisher is gone far too soon after suffering a heart attack last week on a flight from London…
By Damon Martin — Editor/Lead Writer
Carrie Fisher — best known for her legendary role as Princess Leia in four different ‘Star Wars’ films — has died at the age of 60.
Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd confirmed her mother’s death via a statement released on Tuesday.
“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” publicist Simon Halls said in the statement.
Fisher passed away after suffering a heart attack on a flight bound from London to Los Angeles last Friday.
Fisher was a prolific actress and writer throughout her career, which was launched to superstardom after appearing in the 1977 classic “Star Wars” directed by George Lucas.
As Princess Leia, Fisher became a household name before doing two more sequels in the series — “The Empire Strikes Back” in 1980 and “Return of the Jedi” in 1983.
In 1987, Fisher published her first novel, a best selling semi-autobiographical book titled ‘Postcards from the Edge’ that would eventually become a film starring Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine and Dennis Quaid.
Fisher continued to act in smaller roles in films such as “Scream 3” as well as “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” while also working as a script doctor where she would help to rewrite and rework existing screenplays.
In 2013, Fisher signed on to reprise her role as Princess Leia in the new “Star Wars” trilogy launched by Lucasfilms after George Lucas sold the company to Disney. Fisher worked alongside cast mates Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill, who were also part of the original trilogy.
The film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opened in 2015 and saw Fisher as Princess Leia on the big screen for the first time in over 30 years. Fisher also filmed her part for “Star Wars: Episode VIII”, which is due out in 2017 from director Rian Johnson.
Fisher is survived by her daughter, who starred alongside her mother in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” this past year as well as the upcoming sequel ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ due out next year.