Carrie Fisher ? the actress, writer and daughter of famous parents who shot to stardom as Princess Leia in “Star Wars” ? died Tuesday after suffering a heart attack during a flight between London and Los Angeles on Dec. 23. She was 60. Photo: Corbis via Getty Images
CARRIE Fisher’s mother Debbie Reynolds has broken her silence over the actress’s tragic death, as the Star Wars icon’s co-stars Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford led the tributes.
Fisher, 60, died on Tuesday morning after suffering what was described as a massive heart attack on Friday while on a flight from London to Los Angeles.
“Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter,” Reynolds, the star of 1952 classic Singin’ In the Rain, shared on Facebook.
“I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love Carries Mother.”
Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker (Fisher’s on-screen brother) in the Star Wars franchise, tweeted: “No words #Devastated,”
Ford, who played Han Solo and had a whirlwind romance with Fisher during filming, said in a statement to E!: “Carrie was one-of-a-kind…brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely.”
Fisher’s death comes after pop icon George Michael was found dead at his Oxfordshire home on Christmas Day. He was 53.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 27, 2016
STAR WARS STARS GRIEVE FOR PRINCESS LEIA
Other Star Wars stars tweeted their heartbreak at the passing of their co-star, who played Princess Leia.
“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, who played Lando Calrissian, he tweeted.
Anthony Daniels, who starred as CP30, wrote: “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.”
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
Fisher was best known for her role as Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars franchise, starring alongside Hamill and Harrison Ford.
She revealed in her recent memoir, The Princess Diarist, she and Ford had a secret love affair on the London set of the 1977 blockbuster classic when she was just 19.
Her turn as a bikini-clad princess helped catapult her into the limelight. But the fame came at a personal price — she was dogged by failed relationships, mental health issues, and drug and alcohol abuse.
In a statement released behalf of Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd, spokesman Simon Halls 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.”
CELEBRITIES SHARE TRIBUTES FOR FISHER
Other celebrities have shared their sadness at the passing of one of the world’s most beloved stars.
“I’m deeply saddened to learn of the death of Carrie Fisher. I will miss our banterings. A wonderful talent & light has been extinguished,” Star Trek actor William Shatner tweeted.
“My heart goes out to Debbie Reynolds on the death of Carrie her talented daughter. There have been too many deaths this year,” Joan Collins tweeted.
Other celebrities who shared tributes online included Anna Kendrick, Stephen Fry, Mia Farrow and Whoopi Goldberg.
We’ll never forget you, Carrie. May the Force be with you always.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) 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
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
— Jaimie Alexander (@JaimieAlexander) 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
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) December 27, 2016
No. No. Fuck this shit. Carrie Fisher is a fucking legend and this is bullshit.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) December 27, 2016
— Nina Garcia (@ninagarcia) 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
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
My heart goes out to Debbie Reynolds on the death of Carrie her talented daughter. There have been too many deaths this year
— Joan Collins (@Joancollinsdbe) December 27, 2016
Oh no we lost Carrie Fisher too. She was so funny and full of life. Rip. Condolences to her family and friends. We’ll miss her too.
— Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper) December 27, 2016
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher. RIP. What a talent. What a year. pic.twitter.com/yEFfv2GN6K
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) December 27, 2016
— Dominic Monaghan. (@DomsWildThings) December 27, 2016
A heartbreaking tweet was also sent out from the account of Fisher’s much-loved French bulldog, Gary.
Saddest tweets to tweet. Mommy is gone. I love you @carrieffisher
— Carrie Fisher’s Dog (@Gary_TheDog) December 27, 2016
‘I WANT IT REPORTED I DROWNED IN MOONLIGHT’
In her 2008 memoir Wishful Drinking, Fisher included a witty account of the time Star Wars director George Lucas told her she couldn’t wear underwear under her dress.
please honor carrie fisher’s wishes and include in her obituaries that she “drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra.” ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/Pj5sRsIvkz
— elisabeth (@threelisabeth) December 27, 2016
Actress Carrie Fisher has died in hospital after suffering a heart attack on a flight to LA last week.
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