On December 27, 2016, actress Carrie Fisher, most notably known for her roles in the Star Wars films as Princess Leia, has passed away at age 60.
On December 23, 2016, Fisher was on a flight from London, England to Los Angeles, California when she suffered a massive heart attack during the flight. A fellow actor, who sat next to Fisher on the flight had stated that she just stopped breathing. A different passenger who was on the flight had performed CPR on Fisher while waiting for the arrival of paramedics. The paramedics eventually arrived and transported Fisher to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center by ambulance where she was placed on a ventilator. Fisher’s condition was reported to be stable once at the hospital; however, Todd Fisher, Carrie Fisher’s brother, later stated that he could not classify his sister’s condition, and that she was in the intensive care unit. On December 25, 2016, Debbie Reynolds stated that her daughter’s condition was stable, and that any future information of her condition will be relayed to the public from the family.
On December 27, 2016, at 8:55am Pacific Standard Time, Fisher passed away at age 60. Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher’s daughter, confirmed her mother’s passing through family spokesperson, Simon Halls, who then announced the death to the media. Carrie Fisher is survived by her daughter, Billie Lourd, mother Debbie Reynolds, brother Todd Fisher, and sisters, who also are actresses, Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher.
Carrie Fisher was born in Beverly Hills, California to singer Eddie Fisher, and actress Debbie Teynolds. Fisher’s paternal grandparents are Russian Jewish immigrants. Her mother Debbie was raised a Nazarene, and is of English and Scots-Irish decent. At age two, Fisher’s parents got a divorce and her father, Eddie, left Debbie Reynolds for her mother’s close friend, actress Elizabeth Taylor, who was the widow of her father’s best friend, Mike Todd. A year passed, and Reynolalds married Harry Karl, who was the owner of a shoe-store chain, and secretly spent Debbie’s life-savings.
Coming from a family of actors, actresses, and singers, Carrie Fisher was destined to have a career in the spotlight. Throughout her 60-year life, Fisher was an actress, screenwriter, author, producer, and speaker. As stated earlier, her most prominent role was Princess Leia in the Star Wars films. Fisher is also well-known for he semi-autobiographic novels which include Postcards from the Edge, and the screenplay for the film of the same name, as well as her autobiographical one-woman play, Wishful Drinking. She has appeared in a laundry-list of both films and television shows, but even after her passing, she is set posthumously appear in the 2017 release of Star Wars: Episode VIII as General Leia Organa.