Actress Carrie Fisher, who played the iconic role of Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” franchise, died this week, days after suffering a heart attack on board a flight from London to Los Angeles.
A paramedic on board administered CPR as the plane made an emergency landing, and she was rushed to a nearby hospital. The actress was in stable condition initially but passed away on Tuesday, December 27, at 60 years of age.
Fisher’s family released a statement confirming her death: “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.”
In 1977, at just 19 years of age, Fisher became a star, playing one of the leading characters in the film, “Star Wars.” She describes her experiences both on set and as a celebrity in her recently-released memoir, “The Princess Diarist.” Fisher was on tour with the book when she suffered the heart attack.
In addition to having starred in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, Fisher reprised her role as Leia, now a general, in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” released in 2015.
Both the character Leia — a strong woman who fights on the front lines for her people, a princess and admired general — as well as Fisher herself, also a strong woman who was unafraid to speak out against machismo, especially in Hollywood, will serve as a role model for women for generations to come.
Carrie Fisher, may the force forever be with you.