Actress and New York Times bestselling author Carrie Fisher passed away Tuesday morning from complications of cardiac arrest. Fisher suffered a heart attack while on a flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday afternoon. She was 60 years old.
Born to parents Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher took to acting at a very young age, appearing in her first feature film Shampoo in 1975. But it was her iconic role as Princess Leia Organa in the original Star Wars trilogy that launched her into superstardom. She also had memorable roles in The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally, and Hannah And Her Sisters.
In addition to acting, Fisher was an accomplished writer with four novels, two screenplays, and three non-fiction books on her resume. Her novel Postcards From The Edge was also adapted into a feature film, and she doctored scripts for several other movies including Sister Act, Hook (in which she also had an on-screen cameo), and The Wedding Singer.
Fans and celebrities alike took to social media quickly to pay tribute to the late actress.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 27, 2016
Well 2016 is officially the worst. RIP Carrie Fisher. Thank you for inspiring generations of young women to kick ass. Truly an icon.
— Chloe Bennet (@ChloeBennet4) December 27, 2016
— Jaimie Alexander (@JaimieAlexander) December 27, 2016
— James Arnold Taylor (@JATactor) December 27, 2016
— IMDb (@IMDb) December 27, 2016
I'm deeply saddened to learn of the death of Carrie Fisher. I will miss our banterings. A wonderful talent & light has been extinguished.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) December 27, 2016
I thought I had got what I wanted under the tree. I didn't. In spite of so many thoughts and prayers from so many. I am very, very sad.
— Anthony Daniels (@ADaniels3PO) December 27, 2016
We here at Geekville Radio wish to extend our deepest condolences to the Fisher family in this time of grief.