Famous actress Carrie Fisher – the woman who shot to fame as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars- has passed away at age 60.
Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, confirmed this on Tuesday evening after releasing a statement through her spokesman saying Fisher died on Tuesday morning in Los Angeles.
The American star actress died days after suffering a heart attack while she was on board flight to Los Angeles, from the London leg of a book tour on Friday.
“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 08:55 this morning,” read the statement from publicist Simon Halls. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly.”
Carrie Fisher was born in Los Angeles in October 1956. From there, she was catapulted to worldwide stardom as rebel warrior Leia in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, which has been a worldwide cultural phenomenon since the release of the films from 1977 to 1983.
She made her feature film debut opposite Warren Beatty in the 1975 hit Shampoo, and also appeared in Austin Powers, The Blues Brothers, Charlie’s Angels, Hannah and Her Sisters, Scream 3 and When Harry Met Sally…
Nevertheless, Fisher had a record of long battled drug addiction and mental illness. She said she smoked pot at age 13, used LSD by 21 and was first diagnosed as bipolar at age 24. She was treated with electroconvulsive therapy and medication.
In 1987, her thinly veiled autobiography Postcards From the Edge became a best seller. It became a 1990 film starring Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep.
The actress promised in her first agony aunt column for the British Guardian newspaper in June to “provide solicited advice, based on a life filled with pratfalls and accidents.”
She told her readers the addictions, heartbreak and mental illness she had endured amounted to a “fair share of challenging and unhappy experiences.
Besides her daughter, Fisher is survived by her brother Todd Fisher, and her mother.