After several days in intensive care, Carrie Fisher has died. She was 60 years old.
Simon Halls, a family spokesperson, released a statement on behalf of Fisher’s daughter and Scream Queens star, Billie Lourd, announcing the tragic news.
“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 reads. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”
The news comes just a few days after Fisher went into cardiac arrest while flying from London to Los Angeles on Friday, December 23. Paramedics immediately removed her from the flight and rushed her to a nearby hospital, where she was treated for a heart attack and later died.
Daughter of Hollywood vets Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, Carrie was made for the spotlight. In 1974 she started to take her craft seriously and enrolled in the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, where she spent a year studying the art of acting.
Two years later, she snagged her debut role in the film Shampoo. But it was in 1977, when she was cast in the iconic role of Princess Leia in the Star Wars series, that she truly became a star. She was only 19 when when the first installment of the sci-fi cult classic was filmed.
Aside from her iconic role, Carrie also made a name for herself in the 1980’s films The Blues Brothers, The Man With One Red Shoe, Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters, and When Harry Met Sally.
In 1983, she married musician Paul Simon, but it was cut short by stages of depression, Carrie’s drug use and various personal insecurities. They divorced a year later. In 1985, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and became an outspoken advocate for mental health awareness.
In the ’90s, Carrie put the majority of her energy into her writing career, publishing Surrender the Pink and Delusions of Grandma. She also helped craft scripts for numerous Hollywood productions, including The Wedding Singer, Hook and Sister Act, though she went uncredited.
In 1992, Carrie’s only child Billie Lourd was born. Best known for her role on Scream Queens, Billie’s father is talent agent Bryan Lourd, whom dated Carrie for three years.
When she returned to the role as Princess Leia in The Force Awakens, Fisher told People magazine, “I knew that something enormous was likely going to impact my life from this film and that there was absolutely no way of understanding what that was or was likely to be.”
That year she earned a nomination for the 2016 Saturn Award for best supporting actress. She is survived by her mom, her daughter and her beloved French bulldog, Gary.