Carrie Fisher Passes Away at the Age of 60

first_imgStay on target The Fool Who Follows Him: 9 Solo Spin-Offs Disney Should Make NextEpisode IX Gets a New Screenwriter and John Boyega Discusses Leia’s Sendoff Carrie Fisher, best known for playing Princess and then General Leia Organa in the Star Wars series, died Tuesday following what was reported as a massive heart attack last week. She was 60.“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” a statement released by the family said. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”Fisher suffered a massive heart attack Friday on a flight to Los Angeles from London, where she had been promoting her new book The Princess Diarist. Passengers reportedly gave her CPR before the plane landed and she was rushed to the hospital.Things appeared to be looking up after Fisher’s mother, Debbie Reynolds, posted on Facebook Christmas Day that her daughter was in stable condition.For the actress’s 60th birthday, Geek dedicated a week to covering her accomplishments, her legacy, and her contagious sense of humor. Carrie Fisher was many things–an actress, an author, a mental health activist, a mother, a mother to Gary, a person who won at Twitter, the greatest talk show guest of all time–but she was most importantly an inspiration and icon for nerds everywhere.Despite years of very public drug abuse, Fisher had managed to seek treatment, get help for her bipolar disorder, and become an outspoken voice for mental illness. Her public image has been one of resilience and honest self-deprecation, which I respected as somebody with mental illness, but also drew from when confronting my issues each day.“I outlasted my problems,” she said. “I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on. Better me than you.”She was an influence for the rebellion in that galaxy far, far away, but when she was on Earth, she was a powerful force. She acted for decades, doctored some of the most famous scripts in Hollywood, and brought a light to our lives whenever she opened her mouth.May the force be with you, Carrie.last_img

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