The shocking news that Carrie Fisher had passed away stunned the world. Fisher, who is perhaps most known for her seminal roles as Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan and General Leia Organa in the Star Wars film series, was sixty years old. Carrie Frances Fisher was born on October 21, 1956 in Beverly Hills, California. This past Friday, while on a flight from London to Los Angeles Fisher suffered cardiac arrest. Fisher was then transferred to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical and was placed on a ventilator. She passed away on Tuesday. An outpouring of grief and condolences have been expressed across social media as 2016 continues to take beloved artists and celebrities. Mark Hamill, Fisher’s Star Wars co-star, penned a touching tribute to the late actress. Hamill wrote in a Facebook post:
“It’s never easy to lose such a vital, irreplaceable member of the family, but this is downright heartbreaking. Carrie was one-of-a-kind who belonged to us all- whether she liked it or not. She was OUR Princess, damn it, & the actress who played her blurred into one gorgeous, fiercely independent & ferociously funny, take-charge woman who took our collective breath away. Determined & tough, but with a vulnerability that made you root for her & want her to succeed & be happy. She played such a crucial role in my professional & personal life, & both would have been far emptier without her. I am grateful for the laughter, the wisdom, the kindness & even the bratty, self-indulgent crap my beloved space-twin gave me through the years. Thanks Carrie. I love you, mh”
Mark Hamill played Luke Skywalker in George Lucas‘ original Star Wars trilogy besides Fisher.