Carrie Fisher, the actress best known as Star Wars‘ Princess Leia Organa, has died after suffering a heart attack. She was 60.
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.
Fisher suffered a massive heart attack on a flight from L.A. to London on December 23rd. She remained at the UCLA Medical Center ICU until her untimely passing.
Carrie Fisher was one of the most iconic women in science fiction genre, not a damsel in distress, but a person who could hold her own and was as heroic as any male character in Star Wars or any other movie franchise. With the exception of Ripley in Alien, there were few strong women in science fiction’s past. Mostly, beautiful arm candy for the male hero to save from doom in spectacular ways. But, even as a wee lad, I knew my action figure characters list was not complete without Princess Leia. I think that most young geeks were attracted to her strength and poise. Face it, we all had a crush on Carrie Fisher at some point.
Now, with 40 years elapsed, we again got to see our Princess come back to our favorite movie franchise and she had us looking forward to further installments, but that was not to be.
Farewell, Carrie Fisher, and thank you for entertaining and thrilling us.