Carrie Fisher, Actress, Author Dead at Age 60

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Carrie Fisher Dead at Age 60

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Carrie Fisher passed away shortly before 9am this morning. She suffered a massive heart attack four days ago. Family spokesman Simon Halls released the following statement on behalf of Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd: “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.”

Carrie Fisher Suffers Heart Attack on Airplane

Carrie Fisher was on a flight from London to Los Angeles when she went into cardiac arrest. She was removed from the flight by paramedics. She was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was treated for a massive heart attack. Fisher was the daughter of famed entertainers Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher.

Fisher made her film debut in the movie Shampoo. This was followed by her role in Star Wars where she gained fame as Princess Leia. She said, “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.” She soon discovered it led to bigger roles and more fans. She already filmed scenes for the next Star Wars installment, Episode Vlll. The movie will be released in December 2017. Fisher was also know for her writing which included, Surrender the Pink and Delusions of Grandma.

The star was very candid about her substance abuse over decades. She started smoking marijuana at the young age of 13. Later she said she dabbled in cocaine and LSD. She explored her own issues with addiction in her 1987 bestselling novel, Postcards from the Edge. The book was later turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep. In 1985 she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. This led to her becoming an outspoken advocate for mental health issues.

Fisher is survived by her mother, daughter, and Gary, her beloved French bulldog.