Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise has died.
Simon Halls a spokesman for the family issued a statement on behalf of Carrie Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd. “It is with great sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher died at 8:55 this morning,” he writes. “She was loved around the world and will be deeply missed . Our family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.
The American actress had suffered a severe heart attack while she was on a plane that was flying from London to Los Angeles on December 23. She had been hospitalized since the accident.
She also starred in films like Blues Brothers, Shampoo and When Harry Met Sally.
Fisher’s Star Wars co-star Mark Hammil was among the first to react to the news. In a tweet he simply said he was “devastated”.
Carrie Fisher was 60-years-old. She was born on October 21, 1956 in Beverly Hills. Her parents are the actors and singers Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. She also has a brother Todd Fisher.
Earlier this year Fisher was awarded the life time achievement award from Havard University.
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