The actress was 60 years old
Iconic Stars Wars actress Carrie Fisher has died at the age of 60 following a heart attack late last week. The actress went into cardiac arrest during a flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday (Dec 23rd) when paramedics rushed to her aid. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she later died.
“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 a statement to People on Tuesday (Dec 27th).
“She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly,” says Lourd, 24. “Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”
2016 has been a horrible year for celebs.The news comes two days after pop star George Michael was found dead on Christmas morning and two weeks after actor Alan Thicke died of a heart issue. David Bowie, Glen Frey and Prince all died earlier in the year.
Celebs have taken to social media to express their condolences.
RIP Carrie Fisher. Such a terrible loss.
— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) December 27, 2016
https://t.co/zfOR7IQDcx. Peace and love Carrie fisher peace and love to all the family. 😎✌️🌟💖🎶🎶🕉
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) December 27, 2016
You'll be missed Princess Leia🙏 2016 has taken too many. May God bless you Carrie Fisher, your family, friends & fans pic.twitter.com/RqvmJAVX4G
— MichaelSweet Stryper (@michaelhsweet) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher you were a force throughout your life. And went away too soon dammit. RIP. And 2016 you suck.
— Connie Britton (@conniebritton) December 27, 2016
It got Carrie Fisher too. 💔 This year is a monster.
— Garbage (@garbage) December 27, 2016
Oh no we lost Carrie Fisher too. She was so funny and full of life. Rip. Condolences to her family and friends. We'll miss her too.
— Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper) December 27, 2016
#CarrieFisher was so witty and provocative and unrelentingly interesting. Goddamn, I loved her. Everyone did.
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) December 27, 2016
— Joe Mantegna (@JoeMantegna) December 27, 2016
— alisonhaislip (@alisonhaislip) December 27, 2016
I'm sitting in stunned silence learning of the death of #CarrieFisher. In what has been a particularly sad year this may be the hardest. RIP
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) December 27, 2016