Adieu Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher dies at 60

Published On:December 28, 2016, 2:36 pm

‘Star Wars’ fan across the world and the entertainment world mourns the loss of Hollywood royalty when actress Carrie Fisher aged 60 dies on Tuesday. She rose to fame as Princess Leia in the popular space saga Star Wars film series and later suffered drug addiction prior to getting on to narrating her story as a best-selling author.

She dies four days after suffering a cardiac arrest on a flight from London. Fisher was a mental health advocate who openly spoke about her own sufferings and struggles with bipolar disorder and cocaine addiction.

The daughter of late singer Eddie Fisher and actor Debbie Reynolds was returning to Loa Angeles from England where she was shooting for the thirds season of the popular British sitcom “Catastrophe.”

Reynolds stated on Facebook, "Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter." "I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop."

Former Star Wars’ co-star and Fisher’s close friend Mark Hamill, who had portrayed the role of Leia’s brother Luke Skywalker tweeted saying, "No words. #Devastated"

On Friday when Fisher suffered a heart attack, she was attended by the paramedics who rushed her to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

She was in the limelight last month when she revealed that she had been in a three-month relationship with her “Star Wars” co-star Harrison Ford almost 40 years ago.

Fisher disclosed the secret to People’s magazine when promoting her new memoir, “The Princess Diarist,” before it went on sale. The book focuses on Fisher’s diaries right from when she acted on the first Star Wars movies.

Her co-star Harrison mentioned in a statement that Fisher was funny, one-of-a-kind and emotionally fearless. He said, "She lived her life, bravely...We will all miss her."

Fisher told people, "It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend." She was 19 and Ford was 33 at that time.

Fisher wrote about Ford in a book’s memoir, "How could you ask such a shining specimen of a man to be satisfied with the likes of me? I was so inexperienced, but I trusted something about him. He was kind."

Fisher recapitulated the role in two of the Star Wars sequels.  In 1983, she gained the sex symbol status when “Return of the Jedi” released. Her character wore a metallic gold bikini and was enslaved by the diabolical Jabba the Hutt.

She made a comeback last year in Disney’s reboot of the Star Wars franchise, “The Force Awakens,” she appeared as the more matronly General Leia Organa, leader of the Resistance movement fighting the evil First Order.

The film wrapped up the shoot in July on Fisher’s next appearance as Leia in “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” which is proposed to release in December 2017.

Fisher as Princess Leia makes a guest appearance at the end of “Rogue One,” which is the latest blockbuster, which released this month, in the “Star Wars” series. Soon post her death news was made public, her dog Gary, who has his own Twitter account, stated goodbye: “Saddest tweets to tweet. Mommy is gone. I love you @carrieffisher.”

Carrie Fisher is survived by her actress mother, Reynolds, her daughter, Billie Lourd and her brother Todd Fisher.

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