Iconic Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher has been hospitalized for several days following a cardiac event that took place on a flight from London to Los Angeles.
It was reported as recently as yesterday that Fisher was in stable condition, however, Fisher’s family has announced that the actress passed away this morning.
Family spokesman Simon Halls released a statement to People.com on behalf of Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd:
“It is with a very deep sadness that [Fisher’s daughter] 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 will be most remembered the iconic role of Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars franchise.
Fisher most recently reprised the role in the 2016 blockbuster movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Fisher was currently shooting the next installment of the franchise when she passed away.
According to TMZ:
She famously battled substance abuse throughout her life. In 2013, she was hospitalized for complications from bipolar disorder.
Carrie is survived by her daughter, Billie Lourde, her brother, Todd Fisher, and sisters Tricia and Joely Fisher. Billie made an appearance alongside her mom in ‘The Force Awakens.’
According to her Wikipedia page:
Carrie Frances Fisher (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016) was an American actress, screenwriter, author, producer, and speaker. She was known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films. Fisher was also known for her semi-autobiographical novels, including Postcards from the Edge, and the screenplay for the film of the same name, as well as her autobiographical one-woman play, and its nonfiction book, Wishful Drinking, based on the show. Her other film roles included Shampoo (1975), The Blues Brothers (1980), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The ‘Burbs (1989), and When Harry Met Sally… (1989).