Actress Carrie Fisher dead at 60
A family spokesperson confirmed today that Carrie Fisher, the actress best known as Star Wars‘ Princess Leia, has died after suffering a heart attack. She was 60.
Okay 2016, you can stop now.
“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 provided to PEOPLE magazine.
“She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly,” says Lourd. “Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”
Fisher was flying from London to Los Angeles on December 23 when she went into cardiac arrest. After landing in Los Angeles, paramedics rushed her to a nearby hospital where a statement by the family on Friday said she was in the intensive care unit and they were “waiting patiently.” She passed away at 8:55 this morning.
She was only 19 when the first Star Wars movie was shot. Fisher went on to have a successful acting, writing, producing, and speaking career. Stories of addiction followed her, all of which she was refreshingly honest about.
She turned her own struggles with growing up in a Hollywood family into the book-turned-movie Postcards from the Edge, and talked about her struggles with addiction in her Broadway show “Wishful Drinking.” She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1985 and became an outspoken advocate for mental health issues. She was unapologetically herself — all the time.
“She is survived by her mom, Debbie Reynolds, daughter Lourd and beloved French bulldog, Gary,” writes People.
She once said, “If my life wasn’t funny it would just be true, and that is unacceptable.”
The world lost a force today. RIP, you amazing woman.
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