Hollywood reacts as Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher dies aged 60

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The 60-year-old was taken ill on a flight from London to Los Angeles on December 23.

Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher has died in hospital, days after suffering a heart attack on a transatlantic flight.

The 60-year-old, who became an international screen star and inspirational figure overnight when she first portrayed the hard-headed Princess Leia in the 1977 sci-fi blockbuster, was taken ill on a flight from London to Los Angeles on December 23.

Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill in Star Wars (AP/20th Century-Fox Film Corporation)
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill in Star Wars (AP/20th Century-Fox Film Corporation)

In a statement released on behalf of Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd, spokesman Simon Halls said: “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8.55 this morning.

“She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

Fisher has been in London on a promotional tour for her new memoir, The Princess Diarist, which also coincided with the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Such was her far-reaching legacy, there has been an outpouring of condolences on social media from those who knew, worked with or were simply fans of Carrie Fisher, from throughout the entertainment world.

Beyond Star Wars, she was known for roles in many other cult films and television programmes such as The ‘Burbs, When Harry Met Sally, Frasier, Smallville and most recently in TV sitcom Catastrophe.

Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is understood to feature one of Fisher’s last performances, recently completed filming and is due for release next December.

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