It's a sad day to be a Star Wars fan.
Carrie Fisher, known for playing Princess Leia in the fantasy franchise, died at age 60 on Tuesday. The actress suffered a heart attack on Friday while on a flight from London to Los Angeles and had been hospitalized in LA.
Fisher's death was confirmed by a family spokesman, Simon Hall, according to the New York Times. She died at 8:55 a.m.
Princess Leia was a character all women could believe in. The Times called her "a damsel who could very much deal with her own distress." And that's what she was. She smashed the stereotype of princesses Disney implanted in every child's mind. She wasn't helpless; she was a groundbreaking heroine who went on to become a general in 2015's The Force Awakens.
Her portrayal of this visceral character is nothing short of iconic. The "cinnamon bun" hairstyle, the infamous metal bikini (so iconic it has its own Wikipedia page) and her endless tenacity are all staples of this timeless role that will ensnare audiences of generations to come (and inspire kickass Halloween costumes).
While Fisher wasn't known for playing many other roles outside of Leia (except for fictional versions of herself in Sex and the City and The Big Bang Theory), she was open about her struggle with bipolar disorder and drug addiction. She turned those moments of mania and despair into several books, including the 1987 novel Postcards from the Edge and the 2008 memoir Wishful Drinking, which was also turned into a one-woman show. She released The Princess Diarist in November 2016, her third memoir, based on diaries she kept while filming A New Hope.
"Who wears that much lip gloss into battle?" — Carrie Fisher, The Princess Diarist
Several stars have spoken out, including Star Wars costar Mark Hamill, who played Leia's brother, Luke Skywalker.
"No words #Devastated," he tweeted, along with a photo of the two.
She was born on Oct. 21, 1956 in Beverly Hills, Calif., to pop star Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. She was the oldest of two children.
In 1992, Fisher had her only child, Scream Queens star Billie Lourd, with talent agent Bryan Lourd. She is also survived by her brother and her half-sisters from her father's marriage to Connie Stevens.
"I don't want my life to imitate art; I want my life to be art." — Carrie Fisher, 1956–2016
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