UPDATE: Actress Carrie Fisher Dead At 60
The BBC is reporting, actress Carrie Fisher has died at the age of 60.
Fisher is known by many for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars series.
The BBC has quoted Fisher’s family members, saying she had died Tuesday morning. This just days after Fisher had suffered a heart attack while on a flight to Los Angeles.
Fisher was returning on a flight to Los Angeles Friday from London, where she had been doing publicity for her new autobiography, when she was stricken about 15 minutes before the flight landed. Later reports had indicated that her condition had stabilized.
Fisher was born in California, the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. She dropped out of high school at age 15 to appear with her mother in the Broadway show Irene. She later enrolled at a school in London but did not graduate due to shooting the role she would become famous for, Princess Leia in the Star Wars film series.
Fisher appeared as Princess Leia in the first three Star Wars movies released, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. She would later reprise the role in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and had completed shooting Star Wars: Episode VIII shortly before her death.
Fisher also appeared in the films Shampoo, The Blues Brothers, The Man with One Red Shoe, Hannah and Her Sisters, The ‘Burbs, When Harry Met Sally, Soapdish, and others. She also appeared as a guest star on numerous TV series and was the voice of Angela for 20 episodes of the series Family Guy.
Fisher was also an acclaimed author. Her first novel, Postcards From the Edge, became an Academy Award-nominated film for which she wrote the screenplay. She wrote three additional novels and three non-fiction books. Fisher was briefly married to singer-songwriter Paul Simon, and a three-year relationship with talent agent Bryan Lourd produced a daughter, actress Billie Lourd.
Comments about the Fisher’s death have started pouring in through social media.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 27, 2016
There has been a great disturbance in the Force… – it is called 2016.
RIP Carrie Fisher
— Matthew Kick (@MatthewKick) December 27, 2016
An icon. A hero. A symbol of strength and independence – Carrie Fisher. The force will always be with you. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/fNOxYvcS59
— Gamma Gamers™ (@GammaGamers) December 27, 2016
George Michael and now Carrie Fisher wow 2016 truly is the worst
— Konstantina (@Chanel4Ariana) December 27, 2016