Carrie Fisher, immortalized as Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars cinematic universe, has died today after suffering a heart attack. She was 60 years old.
Family spokesman Simon Halls confirmed the news in a prepared statement on behalf on Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd.
“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” the statement read. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”
On Friday December 23, Fisher was on a flight from London to Los Angeles when she went into cardiac arrest. She was rushed to a nearby hospital and was believed to be in stable condition before passing this morning.
Fisher made her film debut in Warren Beatty’s Shampoo, but achieved worldwide fame at the age of 19 in 1977’s Star Wars. She remained a driving force of female empowerment in the series, later starring in the The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and returning to the series last year in The Force Awakens.
In addition to Star Wars, Fisher was active in the 80s via the films The Blues Brothers, Hannah and Her Sisters and When Harry Met Sally.
Fisher is survived by her mother Debbie Reynolds and daughter Lourd.