Carrie Fisher dead at 60
“Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher died in a Los Angeles hospital Tuesday morning, days after suffering a massive heart attack on board a flight from London to LA. She was 60.
Her family spokesman Simon Halls released a statement on behalf of Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd.
“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” reads the statement.
“She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”
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The actress and author, who famously played Princess Leia in the original sci-fi trilogy, had been traveling to promote her latest memoir when she went into cardiac arrest just 15 minutes before the flight was scheduled to land in LA on Friday.
An EMT happened to be sitting in the back of the plane and rushed up to first class to administer CPR to the star; paramedics sped her from the tarmac to UCLA Medical Center.
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Fisher had been on a ventilator Friday evening, TMZ reported. Her only child, her daughter, arrived later Friday at the hospital to be at her mother’s side, TMZ said.
Lourd, daughter of talent agent Bryan Lourd, arrived at the hospital carrying Fisher’s French bulldog, Gary, who was on the plane with the actress when she was stricken, the website said.
“As if 2016 couldn’t get any worse… sending all our love to @carrieffisher,” co-star Mark Hamill had tweeted hours before her death.
Fisher is most famous for her elaborately-coiffed role as Princess Leia Organa, making headlines last month for revealing in her new book — after 40 years of silence — that she had an off-screen affair with her married co-star, Harrison Ford.
She was just 19, and had beaten out Jodie Foster and Amy Irving to get the prize role in the 1977 blockbuster.
“God, he was just so handsome,” Fisher dished in “The Princess Diarist” of Ford.
“No. No, more than that. He looked like he could lead the charge into battle, take the hill, win the duel, be leader of the gluten-free world, all without breaking a sweat.”
Fisher had fewer raves for director George Lucas and his demand she wear a gold, metal bikini for “Return of the Jedi.”
“When he showed me the outfit, I thought he was kidding,” she told NPR last month, promoting the autobiography, “The Princess Diarist,” which is her eighth book.
“And it made me very nervous. I had to sit very straight because I couldn’t have lines on my sides, like little creases,” she said. “No creases were allowed, so I had to sit very, very rigid straight.”
Fisher had planned to reprise her role as Leia for all three installments of the latest “Star Wars” sequel trilogy.