Carrie Fisher, best known for playing Princess Leia in Star Wars, has died from a heart attack aged 60. Fisher was flying to Los Angles from London on the 23rd December when the actress went into cardiac arrest. She was rushed to the Ronald Reagan UCLA medical Center, where she died four days later.
A spokesman for Billie Lourd, Fisher’s daughter said: “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.”
Carrie Fisher’s show business career began in 1973 where she enrolled in the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She was the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds, and singer Eddie Fisher, and was no stranger to the bizarre world of entertainment.
Two years later, Fisher returned to Hollywood and made Shampoo her screen debut, and went on to make Star Wars in 1977, aged 19. In her latest memoir, The Princess Diarist, Fisher revealed that she has an affair with co-star, Harrison Ford.
Carrie Fisher, who was diagnosed with bipolar in 1985, had a constant battle with drugs for much of her life. First, taking marijuana aged 13, the actress admitted experimenting with cocaine and LSD. Her critically acclaimed 1987 bestselling novel, Postcards from the Edge, explored her drug addictions.
Fisher’s writing career continued throughout the 1990s, publishing novels and writing movie scripts including Hook, Sister Act, and The Wedding Singer, often in an uncredited capacity. Her fist semi-autobiographical novel, Postcards from the Edge, was made into a film starring Meryl Streep, while her autobiographical book Wishful drinking, became a one-woman stage show and eventually an HBO documentary.
Carrie Fisher was married twice, fist to Paul Simon in 1983, which lasted for just one year, and later Bryan Lourd in 1991. The couple divorced in 1994 but had one daughter in 1992, Billie Lourd.
Fisher reprised her role of Princes Leia in Star Wars IV: The Force Awakens in 2015, and has filmed many scenes for the sequel due for release next year.
She will be deeply missed by her family, and Star Wars fans around the world.