After suffering a heart attack on a flight bound for LA on Friday, Carrie Fisher has passed away at the age of sixty, People reports. A statement from the family spokesperson reads as follows:
“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,” says Lourd. “Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”
Best remembered for her groundbreaking role as Princess Leia in Star Wars and its three (soon to be four) sequels, Fisher’s acting career spanned a multitude of films including When Harry Met Sally, The Blues Brothers and Hannah and her Sisters, and she even did extensive work as a script doctor, on films like Sister Act and Lethal Weapon 3.
Basically, she leaves behind one hell of a legacy.
It’s been a rough year for celebrity deaths, and this one hits especially hard. Fisher was an instantly iconic part of cinema culture the world over, and it’s hard to imagine moving forward without her.
Our thoughts are with the family at this time, and it only feels right to share this 2015 interview of hers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, where the always-direct Fisher was still so full of life and smarts.
May the Force be with her.