At the age of fifteen, Carrie Fisher asked her mother if they could refuse an invitation to dinner with President Richard Nixon because she would prefer he be impeached. At the age of nineteen, she became a role model for nerdy young women across the world in her portrayal of Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars. On Friday December 23rd, she went into cardiac arrest while on a flight from London to Los Angeles, where accounts suggest she spent a considerable amount of time unable to breathe. Although she was reportedly in a “stable” condition over Christmas, it has been officially announced that Carrie Fisher died today.
Simon Halls, the spokesperson for the Fisher family, released a statement to People on behalf of her daughter Billie Lourd, who has been with her over the past couple of days.
“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning. She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”
Fisher spent her life inspiring others, through her work and her character. She spent a long time struggling with bipolar disorder and substance addiction. Her continued success has provided hope to people from all walks of life dealing with similar misfortunes. Her openness and willingness to speak out about such matters have provided many with the strength to face their own issues.
As well as a beloved actress, Fisher had a profound creative output that spans multiple genres. She was known to take a keen interest in the scripts of films she was involved in and to play an active role in making every movie as good as it possibly could be. She also wrote original screenplays and novels which touched many, and her biographies are known for their honesty and ability to deal with sensitive subjects.
In 2016, she was awarded an Annual Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism from Harvard College.
With her passing, the world loses another incredible human being this year, though her impact on humanity will not soon be forgotten and her legacy is sure to last for many, many generations.
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