Actress and writer Carrie Fisher died on December 27, 2016, at the age of 60. The announcement came four days after Fisher suffered a heart attack while on a flight from London to Los Angeles. On Christmas Day, her mother Debbie Reynolds reported that she was “in stable condition,” but she remained in the intensive care unit.
In a statement to People Magazine, family spokesman Simon Halls announced, “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning. She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”
Fisher was best known for her role as Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars” trilogy (1977-1983), a role she reprised in the 2015 followup, “The Force Awakens.” But she also appeared in the films “Hannah and Her Sisters” (1986), “When Harry Met Sally” (1989) and “Soapdish” (1991). She was also a writer, earning a BAFTA nomination for her screenplay for “Postcards from the Edge” (1990), which she adapted from her own book.
Elsewhere on the awards scene Fisher earned Emmy nominations for her guest performance in “30 Rock” (2008) as well as for her one-woman show “Wishful Drinking” (2011), which explored her personal struggles with fame, addition and mental illness. “Where I am may not be everyone’s view of heaven, but if I’m quiet enough, I can hear the angels sing,” she said in that candid production. “Either that or I fucked up my medication.”
Our forum posters have been reacting to the news of her death in our forums. Read some of their comments below, then share your own remembrances of the Hollywood legend.
Carlos: “Such such sad news, and she seemed ready to get back into the spotlight with the new ‘Star Wars’ movies, she seemed to be having a great time. I imagine there was no pressure this time around and just enjoying a second go about. Just terrible, I feel so bad for her mother and her family. RIP, she will be missed.”
Volcarocka: “A true legend of cinema. I’ve long said that there’s no need to pretend every celebrity who dies was great, but Fisher truly was. Sad day, sad year. Rest in peace, and prayers for her family and friends.”
Andrew Carden: “I loved her madly, not just in the ‘Star Wars’ pictures, but in gems like ‘When Harry Met Sally,’ ‘Soapdish’ and, of course, ‘Hannah and Her Sisters.’ She was truly one of the funniest writers/performers around and I am going to miss her more than words can possibly say.”
Teridax: “RIP Carrie Fisher- May the force be with you, always.”