Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as “Princess Leia” in Star Wars, passes away from a heart attack on a plane at the age of 60.
“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” Simon Halls, a spokesperson for Fisher’s family said to People.
According to TMZ, Carrie Fisher was flying from London to Los Angeles when she suddenly went into cardiac arrest, around 15 minutes before the plane was due to land in Los Angeles.
An onboard medic performed CPR on her before she was revived. Paramedics were called to the plane upon landing, and took her to the UCLA Medical Center, where she was put on a ventilator. However, she sadly passed away shortly after.
“Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter,” Fisher’s mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, wrote in a post on Facebook. “I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop.”
The Star Wars creator George Lucas said in a statement: “”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.”
Actor Harrison Ford, who played along side Fisher in Star Wars said: “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.”