Hollywood Mourns Iconic 'Star Wars' Star Carrie Fisher. The actress died Tuesday morning following a heart attack last week
- Carrie Fisher, best known as Princess Leia from the Star Wars film saga, died Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack while on a flight from London to Los Angeles the week before. She was 60. Family spokesperson Simon Halls confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter. "It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning," said Halls in the statement on behalf of Fisher's daughter Lourd on Tuesday. "She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly." Fisher went into cardiac arrest as her 11-hour flight was approaching Los Angeles International Airport shortly after noon on Friday. According to several passengers onboard, the actress received medical attention from airline staff and passengers who attempted to revive her. Paramedics were standing by for the plane’s arrival and the actress was rushed to UCLA Medical Center. After being treated in an intensive care unit over the weekend, Fisher's mother Debbie Reynolds tweeted that she was stable on Christmas Day Sunday. Fisher was a beloved sci-fi icon and author and was honored by many in Hollywood, including friends, co-stars and industry colleagues on Tuesday. Disney CEO Bob Iger called Fisher "one-of-a-kind." “Carrie Fisher was one-of-a-kind, a true character who shared her talent and her truth with us all with her trademark wit and irreverence," said Iger. "Millions fell in love with her as the indomitable Princess Leia; she will always have a special place in the hearts of Star Wars fans as well as all of us who were lucky enough to know her personally. She will be sorely missed, and we join millions of fans and friends around the world who mourn her loss today.” Director Steven Spielberg wrote: “I have always stood in awe of Carrie. Her observations always made me laugh and gasp at the same time. She didn't need The Force. She was a force of nature, of loyalty and of friendship. I will miss her very much.” Fisher's longtime Star Wars costar Mark Hamill, tweeted "No words #Devastated," along with a photo of the pair in character as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. The actress and writer had been in London for a book tour for her memoir The Princess Diarist and was also filming the sitcom Catastrophe. Sharon Horgan, who stars on the Amazon series, said Fisher "certainly wasn't ready to go" in an Instagram post that included a photo of the pair from set. "I'm so glad we became pals. I'm so devastated at her loss. I want to write about her more but I can't process yet," she added. See the reactions pouring in via social media below. no words #Devastated pic.twitter.com/R9Xo7IBKmh — Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 27, 2016 Carrie was my friend. It took me three series but I got her in the end. She was the most generous, fun, gifted, smart, kind, funny funny funny person I've ever met. She certainly wasn't ready to go. I'm so glad we became pals. I'm so devastated at her loss. I want to write about her more but I can't process yet. A photo posted by Sharon Horgan (@sharonhorgan) on Dec 27, 2016 at 10:42am PST I'm deeply saddened to learn of the death of Carrie Fisher. I will miss our banterings. A wonderful talent & light has been extinguished. — William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) December 27, 2016 May her soul rest in eternal peace, as we return her to the heavens, in a galaxy far, far away. pic.twitter.com/6lkgcHam0J — George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 27, 2016 "Our beautiful brilliant funny wise kind and generous Blues Sister -so ironic - Xmas was Carrie's favorite thing next to babies." — Dan Aykroyd (@dan_aykroyd) December 27, 2016 When I was a young man, Carrie Fisher she was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. She turned out to be witty and bright as well. — Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) December 27, 2016 The Princess stole my heart at age 7. Anybody who knows me knows #CarrieFisher was my first love. I thrilled to the adventures of #princessleia in the @starwars movies, but from '77 to '84, I was in love with Carrie Fisher herself. My bedroom was filled with Carrie Fisher pictures from any movie she was ever in (including Polaroids I took off the TV when #thebluesbrothers hit cable). I was jealous of Paul Simon when he was dating Carrie Fisher and wouldn't listen to his music until they split up. I paid to see Carrie Fisher and #chevychase in Under the Rainbow nine times when it was in theaters (mostly because Carrie Fisher was in underwear in one scene). In childhood, I committed myself to Carrie Fisher without ever meeting her the way novice Nuns commit themselves to Christ without meeting Him. Decades later, I got to tell her this when Carrie Fisher and @jaymewes were in a station wagon on the set of #jayandsilentbobstrikeback. She was gracious about hearing it for the zillionth time from the zillionth man or woman who grew up idolizing her, but wickedly added "I'm glad to know I helped you find your light saber." And with that, she stopped being Carrie Fisher to me and just became Carrie. That's the Carrie I'll always remember: the dutiful standard-bearer of childhood dreams with a the wicked sense of humor and a way with words. She didn't want to get paid for her role in @jayandsilentbob Strike Back; instead, she asked that we buy her these antique beaver chairs. Her reason: "Beaver seems an appropriate currency for this movie." When she was a guest on Season 1 of our @hulu show #Spoilers, Carrie curled up in the throne like she belonged there. And she did: after all, she was royalty. As a boy, I dreamed of marrying Carrie Fisher. As a young filmmaker, I dreamed of casting Carrie Fisher. As an adult, I dreamed of being as sharp-witted and prepossessed as Carrie Fisher. And now that Carrie Fisher is gone, I'll dream of my friend Carrie - whose entire magnificent career I was lucky enough to witness, whose honesty made me a better person, and whose spirit - like The Force - will be with us always. Goodnight, Sweet Princess... A photo posted by Kevin Smith (@thatkevinsmith) on Dec 27, 2016 at 10:56am PST R.I.P. Carrie Fisher. A brilliantly funny, talented woman. We will miss your humor now more than ever. — Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) December 27, 2016 I thought I had got what I wanted under the tree. I didn't. In spite of so many thoughts and prayers from so many. I am very, very sad. — Anthony Daniels (@ADaniels3PO) December 27, 2016 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! — Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) December 27, 2016 Fuck this year. Fuck this whole sick, worthless cruel prank of a year. #RIPCarrieFisher — Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 27, 2016 No. No. Fuck this shit. Carrie Fisher is a fucking legend and this is bullshit. — Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) December 27, 2016 I'm sitting in stunned silence learning of the death of #CarrieFisher. In what has been a particularly sad year this may be the hardest. RIP — Josh Gad (@joshgad) December 27, 2016 Carrie Fisher "Ugh,will everybody stop all of this?"
Us "no, let us gush, you just have to take it" — Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) December 27, 2016 Carrie Fisher was smart, funny, talented, surprising, and always a hell of a fun time to be around. Family Guy will miss her immensely. — Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) December 27, 2016 Such a sad day for her family, friends and millions of fans. Carrie Fisher is deeply missed. — Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) December 27, 2016 Carrie Fisher. Cannot believe that you're 'gone'. Funny funny and then some. XXX pic.twitter.com/DV6GQC1lcx — Richard E. Grant (@RichardEGrant) December 27, 2016 We just lost a great ally for mental health and addiction. Be strong, be as strong as she'd want you to be. Rest in paradise @carrieffisher pic.twitter.com/vxDJkVag06 — Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) December 27, 2016 RIP Carrie Fisher. — Finn Wolfhard (@FinnSkata) December 27, 2016 Love you @carrieffisher pic.twitter.com/RS57icVPdT — Bobby Moynihan (@bibbymoynihan) December 27, 2016 R.I.P. Carrie Fisher. Seeing her again on talk shows was such a thrill. So hilarious & fearless when she was being herself. — Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 27, 2016 May the force be with the incredibly talented Carrie Fisher. She will be missed. #RIP pic.twitter.com/N9ZSQhKEOM — AMC Theatres (@AMCTheatres) December 27, 2016 Numb. Unbelievable that such a bright funny loving spark could be extinguished. @carrieffisher you will be missed. I wish you peace. — graham norton (@grahnort) December 27, 2016 Hail Hail! A genius has vacated this realm-RIP Carrie Fisher. — Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) December 27, 2016 She was the brightest, funniest, bravest, kindest, cleverest and sweetest person I ever knew. A crushing blow to lose @carrieffisher — Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) December 27, 2016 So so sad to hear about the death of Carrie Fisher. 2016 has taught us one hell of a lesson.. don't take anyone for granted! Hurry up 2017!! — Josh Devine (@JoshDevineDrums) December 27, 2016 Carrie Fisher you were a force throughout your life. And went away too soon dammit. RIP. And 2016 you suck. — Connie Britton (@conniebritton) December 27, 2016 RIP Carrie Fisher.
May the Force always be with you, Princess Leia. — Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) December 27, 2016 Carrie Fisher dedicated her platform to mental health awareness & female empowerment. She is a reason + reminder to keep up your fight. RIP — h (@halsey) December 27, 2016 Carrie Fisher has passed, she was funnier&smarter than anyone had the right to be. Sail On Silver Girl. Condolences Debbie & Billie
R.I.P. — Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) December 27, 2016 Sweet, Brilliant, Irreverent, Huge hearted Carrie, You gave me advice I live by to this day, & always will. On the wings of angels fly... — Sarah Paulson (@MsSarahPaulson) December 27, 2016 Dear #carrieFisher every time an artist is born the world gains everytime we lose an artist the world loses! R.I.P pic.twitter.com/EqO46xiLIQ — John Leguizamo (@JohnLeguizamo) December 27, 2016 The news of Carrie Fisher passing away is simply terrible.
I had my action figures & Star Wars cards out in a show of support this week. pic.twitter.com/4Rn1VjFnnd — Dane Cook (@DaneCook) December 27, 2016 Thank you Ms. Fisher, for opening up a world of possibilities, strength and hope for all little girls. Rest. pic.twitter.com/LTpZsGeCR8 — Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 27, 2016 We've lost a true gem with Carrie Fisher's passing. Her humor, talent and brutal honesty were gifts to the world. Her voice will be missed. — Larry King (@kingsthings) December 27, 2016 Carrie Fisher didn't make it. I am so terribly sorry, and send my sincere condolences to her family, friends and fans all around the world. — Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) December 27, 2016 Working with @carrieffisher on #theseoldbroads - she was always so much fun! #RIPCarrie pic.twitter.com/u1aOpZKPAK — Joan Collins (@Joancollinsdbe) December 27, 2016 No words. We love you @carrieffisher forever our Princess. May God bless you as richly as you blessed us #CarrieFisher pic.twitter.com/1UNsWOEKuW — James Arnold Taylor (@JATactor) December 27, 2016 Goodnight, Sweet Princess. Thank you for so many happy memories, your heroics, your art and your friendship... https://t.co/5hBAKY3zUX pic.twitter.com/JtuvcevpWK — KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) December 27, 2016 ALWAYS HUMOROUS, ALWAYS ELOQUENT, CARRIE FISHER'S CONTRIBUTION TO POP CULTURE ICONOGRAPHY & GENDER POLITICS WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN #RIPCARRIE pic.twitter.com/vl3bQg66cM — Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) December 27, 2016 RIP Carrie Fisher.
Thank you for bringing a forceful space princess to our galaxy and for breaking stereotypes on and off the screen. pic.twitter.com/1lWlifkeOO — Adrian Grenier (@adriangrenier) December 27, 2016 Carrie Fisher's Postcards From the Edge was the first book I ever read about mental health. It is raw and brilliant and funny and inspiring. — Matt Haig (@matthaig1) December 27, 2016 No damsel in distress! RIP Carrie Fisher pic.twitter.com/4jY3hw5EgJ — Bryce Dallas Howard (@BryceDHoward) December 27, 2016 Oh man. RIP Carrie Fisher. I thought you were the coolest. — James Gunn (@JamesGunn) December 27, 2016 Heartbreaking to hear the news about @carriefisher. She was always one of our favorite guests. She, adorably, had no filter. Bless her. — Kathie Lee Gifford (@KathieLGifford) December 27, 2016 @carrieffisher You had me at "Hug me harder!" Goodnight sweet princess pic.twitter.com/OSMy8yNfaK — Mitch Pileggi (@MitchPileggi1) December 27, 2016 So rare for a woman in Hollywood to get to be an icon at different ages. Bereft we will not get to witness grand dame-era Carrie Fisher. — Gwenda Bond (@Gwenda) December 27, 2016