After suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles late last week, the “Star Wars” actress was treated by a fellow passenger, who was an EMT. Alas, after several days in the hospital, well-known actress Carrie Fisher passed away Tuesday morning, according to a family spokesperson.
Upon landing, it was reported that Fisher was in “stable condition”; however, she remained in intensive care at UCLA Medical Center and died there.
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Fisher was on a book tour for her most recent memoir, “The Princess Diarist,” and she had just reprised her role as Princess Leia in last year’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Fisher was open about her struggles with bipolar disorder and drug addiction, which she chronicled in a one-woman play, as well as in memoirs.
“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” family spokesperson Simon Halls told People Magazine in a statement.
Fisher was the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds (“Singing in the Rain”) and singer Eddie Fisher. She began her acting career as a teenager, debuting on Broadway in “Irene” and later making her big screen debut in 1975’s “Shampoo.”
Fisher dropped out of St. Lawrence College at just 19 years old after landing the role of Princess Leia in George Lucas’ 1977 film, “Star Wars.”
Fisher’s career and filmography extended far beyond “Star Wars,” as she appeared in movies like “The Blues Brothers,” “When Harry Met Sally,” and “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.”
She is survived by her daughter, Billie Lourd; her brother, Todd Fisher; and half-sisters Joely and Tricia Fisher, as well as her mother.