After a tense Christmas for Star Wars fans all over the world, it was announced today that Carrie Fisher died this morning after going into cardiac arrest on a flight between London and LA on Friday 23rd December. Fans and colleagues who have been inspired by the actor throughout her career have been reaching out through social media in search of comfort from the community of people who loved her over the past few days. Since the news of her passing broke, the need for that comfort has multiplied enormously.
Her Star Wars co-star Harrison Ford released a statement to The Wrap, saying “Carrie was one-of-a-kind…brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely. My thoughts are with her daughter Billie, her mother Debbie, her brother Todd, and her many friends. We will all miss her.”
Her mother Debbie Reynolds posted on Facebook, offering her gratitude tp everyone who has kept her daughter in their thoughts during this difficult time: “Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter. I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love Carries Mother.”
Colleagues Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams took to Twitter to voice their tributes.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 27, 2016
There are no words for this loss. Carrie was the brightest light in every room she entered. I will miss her dearly. pic.twitter.com/GgIeYGeMt9
— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) December 27, 2016
I thought I had got what I wanted under the tree. I didn’t. In spite of so many thoughts and prayers from so many. I am very, very sad.
— Anthony Daniels (@ADaniels3PO) 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
Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, released a statement that summed up just what made Fisher such a universally loved woman:
“Carrie Fisher was one-of-a-kind, a true character who shared her talent and her truth with us all with her trademark wit and irreverence. Millions fell in love with her as the indomitable Princess Leia; she will always have a special place in the hearts of Star Wars fans as well as all of us who were lucky enough to know her personally. She will be sorely missed, and we join millions of fans and friends around the world who mourn her loss today.”
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