Carrie Fisher is still in the hospital this evening after suffering a cardiac episode this afternoon. Fisher was aboard a plane headed from London to LAX during the medical-emergency on Friday morning. After the plane landed, she was then taken to a nearby hospital.
Todd Fisher spoke to the press, saying that his sister was still in critical condition, and remained in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a Los Angeles hospital. “It’s not fair to say ‘stable.’ I am not saying she is fine, or not fine,” he told Reuters earlier today. He added, “She is in the ICU.” He understandably did not give any details on Carrie Fisher’s health at this time.
News of the incident was first reported by TMZ this afternoon. At the time Police at LAX would only confirm that a female-passenger in her 60s was taken off a United Flight. Police also stated that the passenger suffered, “what seems to be a heart attack,” but were unable to discuss the medical situation with the press.
YouTube star Anna Akana tweeted that she was sitting in front of Fisher when the event happened. Akana Tweeted to her followers, “Don’t know how else to process this but Carrie Fisher stopped breathing on the flight home. Hope she’s gonna be OK.” Akana also Tweeted, “So many thanks to the United flight crew who jumped into action, and the awesome doctor and nurse passengers who helped”
Fisher of course is best known for her works as Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars Franchise. The actor started the role 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.