Carrie Fisher Is Dead at 60 -- & We're Hurting for Her Mom & Daughter

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In news that absolutely no one wants to hear, iconic Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher has passed away at only 60, just days after suffering a heart attack on a transatlantic flight.


On Friday, December 23, Fisher -- whom the world will remember as the legendary Princess Leia -- went into cardiac arrest while flying from London to Los Angeles during a book tour for her new memoir, The Princess Diarist. She was removed from the flight and taken to a nearby hospital, and though she was only recently reported as being in stable condition, news broke on Tuesday that the mother-of-one had passed.

Fisher, the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and entertainer Eddie Fisher, leaves behind her own daughter, 24-year-old Billie Lourd, who appeared alongside her mom in last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens

A family spokesperson released a statement to People magazine on behalf of Lourd, who confirmed her mother's passing.

Our hearts go out to Billie. As if losing her mother wasn't absolutely horrific enough, it had to happen around what is supposed to be one of the most joyous times of the year. And it's crazy to think how we just saw her with her mom on the big screen around this time last year, when The Force Awakens came out not long before Christmas 2015.

Our hearts are also heavy for 84-year-old Debbie Reynolds. As everyone always says, no parent should ever have to bury his or her child. We cannot even imagine the pain she must be going through at this time.

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If you're anything like us, your phones are blowing up with sad text messages from friends who've just heard the news. In fact, a collective shouting of "No" made its way down our office halls when the news broke.

Aside from her roles in a number of hit films (The Blues Brothers and When Harry Met Sally, among her non–Star Wars movies), Fisher was known for addressing her own lifelong struggles with drug abuse and mental health issues with humor and candor. The outspoken actress, producer, writer, and mental health advocate had just recently discussed the pressure of having to lose weight for The Force Awakens, and she had revealed in her new book that she had had an affair with Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford, during the filming of the original Star Wars.

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RIP, Carrie. This is another heartbreaking thing we didn't need in 2016. You will truly be missed.

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