Best known for her role in Star Wars as Princess Leia, US actress and author Carrie Fisher has died.
Just four days after reportedly suffering heart attack on flight from London on Friday, Fisher died in Los Angeles (LA). She was 60 years old and passed away at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
A family statement released on behalf of her daughter, Billie Lourd, announced she died on the morning of 27 December.
Lourd said Fisher was “loved by the world” and “will be profoundly missed”.
As expected, tributes for the much-loved actress have been pouring in.
Her mother, the actress Debbie Reynolds, wrote a tribute on her Facebook page. “Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter. I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop”.
‘Very colourful personality that everyone loved’
Fisher recently appeared on BBC One’s The Graham Norton Show earlier this December speaking of the release of her diaries. Whilst being interviewed by the host Graham Norton, she talked of her embarrassment over revelations in her published secret diaries. These included details of an affair with fellow Star Wars actor Harrison Ford.
Adding to the tributes, Ford described Fisher as “one-of-a-kind” who lived her life “bravely”.
Star Wars series creator George Lucas also shared his tribute. He said she was “extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colourful personality that everyone loved”.
Fisher had been on tour promoting her latest book, The Princess Diarist, when she fell ill mid-flight to LA. A medic who was travelling on the plane administered first aid before it landed.
The daughter of Hollywood stars, Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, Carrie’s film debut was opposite Warren Beatty in 1975’s Shampoo.
She also appeared in The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally and Hannah and Her Sisters. Additionally, she provided the voice of Peter Griffin’s boss Angela in the adult animated sitcom Family Guy.
Family Guy’s creator Seth MacFarlane is amongst the numerous celebrities sending in their tributes to Fisher. He tweeted, “Carrie Fisher was smart, funny, talented, surprising, and always a hell of a fun time to be around. Family Guy will miss her immensely”.