Carrie Fisher, who is best known for her role as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars series is dead at just 60 years old.
Fisher suffered a heart attack and went into cardiac arrest just 15 minutes before her flight from London to LAX landed on Friday afternoon. Other passengers reportedly told TMZ that she appeared lifeless as another passenger who was an EMT performed CPR until the flight landed at LAX, after which paramedics performed advanced CPR and transported her to UCLA medical center’s intensive care unit.
Her brother and mother later reported that she was in ‘stable’ condition but TMZ reports that she was not responsive after her medical emergency. Her mother tweeted on Sunday that “Carrie is in stable condition. If there is a change, we will share it. For all her fans & friends. I thank you for your prayers & good wishes.”
The family released a statement saying “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,”.
The legendary actress, who was born on October 21, 1956, rose to fame in the original Star Wars trilogy as Princess Leia. Fisher, the daughter of Hollywood star Debbie Reynolds and pop star Eddie Fisher, was born in Beverly Hills, California, and made her film debut in 1975 flick Shampoo.
She later appeared in 1980s movies The Blues Brothers, The Man With One Red Shoe and Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters. The actress also famously starred in When Harry Met Sally and alongside Tom Hanks in The ‘Burbs. Most recently returned to her role as Princess Leia for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
She famously struggled with addiction and mental illness, for which she was he chronicled in her memoir and show Wishful Drinking, where she openly discussed her battle with booze and bipolar disorder.
She also chronicled issues she had with her mother, Debbie Reynolds early in life in the book titled ‘Postcards From The Edge’ which was later made into a full featured film.
Fisher is survived by her daughter, Scream Queens actress Billie Lourd, who she shares with her ex, talent agent Bryan Lourd. She was also previously married to singer-songwriter Paul Simon.