Carrie Fisher, the actor that famously played Princess Leia Organa in four of the seven Star Wars films, has died at the age of 60.
Fisher was recently hospitalized, after suffering a massive heart-attack while aboard an airplane. According to the report from that event, passengers on the plane performed CPR until the plane landed, she was then taken to a nearby hospital where she remained in critical condition.
Fisher brought Princess Leia Organa to the screen for the first time in “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” back in 1977, she returned to the franchise to reprise the role in the televised “Star Wars Holiday Special” in 1978. Fisher then continued the role for “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back,” “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi,” and most recently “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens”. Fisher was slated to appear in the untitled “Star Wars: Episode VIII” installment in 2017, that film is currently in post-production.
Her most recent work was in a small role for Vlad Marsavin’s “Wonderwall,” which is still filming. Fisher was to play the role of Hazel in that project, which stars Kiera Milward, Nell Tiger Free and Sebastian Croft.
A spokesman for the family, Simon Halls, released a statement to People on Tuesday on behalf of Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd:
“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” reads the statement. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”
Fisher’s career spanned well beyond the Star Wars universe, appearing in films like “The ‘Burbs,” “When Harry Met Sally,” and “Soapdish.” Fisher had a long-spanning career in television as well, as both an actor and voice-actor. Fisher appeared in shows like “Laverne & Shirley,” “Family Guy,” and “Weeds,” though the list goes back over 40 years, with dozens of appearances and guest-spots.