Carrie Fisher, Star Wars' 'Princess Leia' dies at 60

May the Force be with you, Carrie Fisher!

Fisher, the actress best known as Princess Leia in George Lucas' science-fiction film Star Wars (Episode IV – A New Hope), has died due to heart attack. She was 60.

Carrie Fisher, Star Wars' 'Princess Leia' dies at 60
Rest in peace, Carrie Fisher, best known as 'Princess Leia' in the original Star Wars movie. Photo courtesy of People.
Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd has confirmed the news in a statement as her mother passed away at 8:55 a.m. today, December 27 (Wednesday in Manila time.)

“She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers,” reads the statement.

A report from TIME said that Fisher was flying from London to Los Angeles on Friday when she suffered cardiac arrest. The paramedics rushed her to the nearby hospital after the plane landed. She later died in the hospital.

Fisher was the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds.

She made her film debut in the Columbia Pictures comedy Shampoo (1975).

During filming of the original Star Wars series in 1977, Fisher has revealed through her book 'The Princess Diarist' that she had an affair with co-star Harrison Ford, which she stated was "so intense ... It was Han (Star Wars' Han Solo) and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend."

The actors reprised their roles in last year’s "Star Wars: The Force Awakens,"playing a Han and Leia who had become estranged after their son, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), turned to the Dark Side.

Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford star in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford star in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Photo Credit:
Fisher's death shocks stars, fans

Mark Hamill, among the lead stars in Star Wars film, shared his sentiment on Twitter.

Ford also released his statement following the death of long-time friend.

“Carrie was one-of-a-kind… brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely,” Ford said. “My thoughts are with her daughter Billie, her mother Debbie, her brother Todd, and her many friends. We will all miss her.”

Here are some of the reactions of Fisher's fans:

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