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Carrie Fisher has died

The Star Wars actress was 60.
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Carrie Fisher, best known for her role in Star Wars has died, aged 60.

Her publicist has confirmed the 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 from family spokesman Simon Halls read.

Fisher, who played Princess Leia in Star Wars, reportedly suffered a heart attack while fling from London to LA on Friday.

People on board the flight were performing CPR on the actress, while the on-flight crew urged any passenger who was a doctor to come forward to help the star.

It is believed that an emergency medical technician (a clinician who specialises in responding quickly to emergency situations) sitting at the back of the plane was able to provide Carrie with assistance until the plane landed.

When the flight did land, paramedics rushed Carrie to a nearby hospital.

The actress, who rose to fame after portraying Princess Leia in the original Star Wars films, had been in London to appear on The Graham Norton Show.

She had recently been on tour promoting her book The Princess Diarist, an autobiography made up of excerpts from the diary she kept while filming the first Star Wars movie.

The actress had recently hit headlines for her revelation in her book that she had an “intense” three-month affair with her co-star Harrison Ford while on set, when he was 33 and she was 19.

She appeared in many other films, including The Blues Brothers and When Harry Met Sally and also wrote four novels and three memoirs and was previously married to the musician Paul Simon.

She is the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds.

Fisher had a long and public battle with drug addiction and mental illness, never shying away from talking about her problems.

She said she smoked pot at age 13, used LSD when she was in her early twenties, and when she was 24, she was first diagnosed as bipolar. She was treated with electroconvulsive therapy and medication.

Tributes have been pouring in, including a heartbreaking Tweet from Fisher’s dog,Gary, who has his own social media account.


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