Carrie Fisher, the woman who played the iconic role of Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars, passed away at the age of 60. She suffered a heart attack last Friday, 15 minutes before her flight from London to Los Angeles landed. She was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and was under a ventilator.
Family spokesperson Simon Halls released a statement on behalf of Carrie’s daughter, “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 was not only an actress, but a published author. She released a few (if not a lot) semi-autobiographical stories like Postcards from the Edge, Wishful Drinking, and just recently, The Princess Diarist. In these three books, she candidly talked about her mental health, struggle with alcohol and drug abuse, and in The Princess Diarist, revealed that she had a three-month affair with Harrison Ford on the set of Star Wars, who was then married with two children.
Lucasfilm confirmed with The New York Timesyesterdaythat Carrie finished her work in the untitled eighth episode of the Star Wars saga to be released on December 2017.
Her other films included Shampoo in 1975, The Blues Brothers in 1980, Hannah and Her Sisters in 1986, The ‘Burbs in 1989, and When Harry Met Sally also in 1989.
2016 seems to be a terrible gift that keeps on giving equally terrible things like the deaths of many great artists, and this time including Carrie just before we ring in a New Year and just right after our incredible high from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
We will always remember you, Carrie. Rest in peace.