Carrie Fisher Dead at 60
The actress and writer passed away Tuesday following a heart attack
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2016 10:57 AM CST
Carrie Fisher died Tuesday, four days after suffering a heart attack during a flight from London to Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

(Newser) – Carrie Fisher died Tuesday at the age of 60 following a heart attack suffered Friday during a flight from London to Los Angeles, People reports. Her death was confirmed by a family spokesperson via a statement from Fisher's daughter. "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 reads. "She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.” Fisher is survived by Lourd, who is her only child; mother Debbie Reynolds; brother; and half-sisters.

Fisher starred in her first movie, Shampoo, in 1975. She would become internationally famous with Star Wars just two years later. She went on to have roles in The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally, and many more. She was perhaps even more accomplished as a writer of both books and films, according to the Hollywood Reporter. She wrote about her own struggles with drug addiction and mental illness in Postcards From the Edge and published memoirs Wishful Drinking and The Princess Diarist, not to mention her work on numerous Hollywood scripts. "I didn't want to be in show business, and I think I did a very good job [of that]," Fisher once joked. (Last month, she detailed her affair with Harrison Ford in her latest book.)

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