Carrie Fisher, an actress known for her most famous role of Princess Leia of Star Wars, died on Tuesday, just days after suffering from a heart attack.
According to the details provided, Fisher was one her way back from London, where she had gone for a book tour on Friday, when she collapsed 15 minutes before landing in Los Angeles. Immediately after landing, paramedics and hospital staff tried to revive her but she had already passed away and was pronounced dead.
“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” family spokesman Simon Halls said in a statement on behalf of Fisher’s daughter given to People magazine.
After years of remaining out of the spotlight, Fisher had once again enjoying a new phase with a tour promoting her latest memoir and a reprisal of her iconic role in 2015’s ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.
Fisher was born in Los Angeles in October 1956 and she shot to fame as rebel warrior Princess Leia in the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy. She starred in the movies from 1977 to 1983, after which her downfall as an actress began.
Fisher was born to movie star Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher. The couple stayed together for four years. The happy marriage ended when Fisher left Reynolds for her close friend, actress Elizabeth Taylor.
For Fisher, the early 1980s were marked with drug abuse, depression and alcohol abuse. When her career as an actress plunged, Fisher realized that she really enjoyed writing.
She became known for her honest semi-autobiographical writing, including her best-selling debut “Postcards from the Edge,” which she turned into a film of the same name in 1990 starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.