Carrie Fisher, the princess of Hollywood who became a young star playing a princess in Star Wars, died Tuesday after a heart attack suffered on a flight from London to Los Angeles Friday, according to Chelsea Hayes, a rep for Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd. Fisher was 60.
Fisher suffered a medical emergency on a United Airlines flight before landing at LAX Friday.
Efforts were made to revive her, according to a series of tweets from other passengers. She was taken to a hospital in L.A. where she died four days later.
The last update provided by Fisher’s family was on Sunday, Christmas Day, when her mother, Debbie Reynolds said Fisher was in stable condition.
On Tuesday morning Lourd’s publicist released the following statement confirming her passing: “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”
Shortly after noon PT Friday, the Los Angeles Fire Department issue a statement saying they responded to a call from LAX for a patient in “cardiac arrest.”
“Firefighter paramedics provide advanced life support and aggressively treated the patient, who was transported to a local hospital,” said Erik Scott, a spokesman for the LAFD.
The patient’s name, age and gender was not released, nor was there information on whether the patient was breathing at the time of transfer. The name of the hospital the patient was taken to also was not released.
Fisher is survived by her mother, singer/dancer/actress Debbie Reynolds, 84; daughter, Billie Lourd, 24; her brother Todd Fisher; and two half-sisters. Her brief marriage to singer/songwriter Paul Simon ended in divorce in 1984.
The actress and author had been on tour to promote her latest memoir, The Princess Diarist, based on the diaries she kept as a 19-year-old shooting what is arguably the biggest movie of all time, 1977’s Star Wars, playing Rebel Alliance leader Princess Leia Organa, she of the famous double-bun hairstyle.
Her books, whether novels or memoirs, were funny, sharp and revealing.
Among other things, her latest revealed her brief affair with co-star Harrison Ford, who was 14 years older and married with kids when they made Star Wars.