LOS ANGELES - Actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” movies, has died at age 60, a family spokesman confirmed to People Magazine Tuesday morning.
“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” Simon Halls said in a statement to the magazine.
“She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers," the statement read.
Fisher suffered a “cardiac episode” on a flight that was bound for Los Angeles International Airport on Friday. L.A. firefighters responded and, after the flight landed, rushed Fisher to UCLA Medical Center.
An actress who was seated near Fisher on the United Airlines flight said the plane’s crew responded to the medical emergency, including doctors and nurses who were on board.
Fisher was not breathing for about 10 minutes, according to the actress, Anna Akana.
Initially reported to be in critical condition, Fisher's mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, tweeted on Christmas that her daughter was in stable condition.
"For all her fans & friends. I thank you for your prayers & good wishes," Reynolds wrote in the tweet.
Fisher’s breakout role was in the 1977 film “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.” She was 20 when the film was released.
Fisher grew up in Beverly Hills. Her parents were performers Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, who divorced when she was a young child.
Fisher’s newest memoir, “The Princess Diarist,” was published in late November. It is based around diaries she kept at the time the first “Star Wars” movie was made.
“What would I be if I weren’t princess Leia? A great big nothing without one piece of fan mail to call my own,” she writes in the book.
In addition to her roles in the original trilogy, Fisher reprised the role as an aged princess in last year’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and in next year’s forthcoming “Star Wars: Episode VIII.”
Fisher's death was met with an outpouring of grief on social media, as celebrities, those who knew her, and her fans took to Twitter to express their sadness over her death.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher didn't make it. I am so terribly sorry, and send my sincere condolences to her family, friends and fans all around the world.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) 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
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 27, 2016
— Rita Wilson (@RitaWilson) December 27, 2016
I'm deeply saddened at the news of Carrie's passing. She was a dear friend, whom I greatly respected and admired. The force is dark today!
— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) December 27, 2016
R.I.P. Carrie Fisher. A brilliantly funny, talented woman. We will miss your humor now more than ever.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) December 27, 2016
— Bobby Moynihan (@bibbymoynihan) 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
— Al Roker (@alroker) December 27, 2016
Rest In Peace, Carrie Fisher. pic.twitter.com/fTy7fgj1gH
— 20th Century Studios (@20thcentury) December 27, 2016
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 27, 2016
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher. RIP. What a talent. What a year. pic.twitter.com/yEFfv2GN6K
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) December 27, 2016
thoughts and prayers to Carrie Fisher's family
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) December 27, 2016
— Joe Mantegna (@JoeMantegna) December 27, 2016
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 27, 2016
— Sarah Hyland (@Sarah_Hyland) December 27, 2016
1 time a friend said I had a "Carrie Fisher appeal"& it was one of the greatest compliments I've ever been paid. Rest in peace, my hero girl
— mae whitman (@maebirdwing) December 27, 2016
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