We’re now living in a world without Princess Leia in it. Damn. Every hair bun just unraveled and even the Stormtroopers are probably filling their helmets with tears. I don’t know what a Stormtrooper’s cries sound like, but we’re about to find out.
Carrie Fisher’s family issued a statement today saying that she died this morning at UCLA Medical Center in L.A. at the way-too-young age of 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. She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly.”
Carrie ended up in the ICU on Friday after she went into cardiac arrest at the end of a flight from London to Los Angeles. Passengers said that an EMT, who happened to be on board, gave her CPR for 10 minutes. Carrie’s mom Debbie Reynolds later said that her daughter was in stable condition. TMZ says she never regained consciousness.
Everyone, of course, knows Carrie as Princess Leia from the Star Wars movies, but she did so much more than that. She spilled out her feelings and raw emotions about battling addiction and living with bipolar disorder in several books. Carrie’s semi-autobiographical novel Postcards from the Edge was turned into a movie and one of her other memoirs Wishful Drinking became a one-woman show starring her.
Before Star Wars, Carrie made her movie debut in Shampoo and was also in Hannah and Her Sisters, When Harry Met Sally…, Drop Dead Fred, Heartbreakers, Map to the Stars and my personal favorite Soapdish, where she expertly spit out this beautiful line at Elisabeth Shue:
“An actress! Really? How nice for you. I’m Betsy Faye Sharon and I’m a bitch. Now get out of here.”
Lucasfilms also said that she finished shooting her scenes for Star Wars: Episode VIII. Carrie also guest starred on dozens of TV shows, including Catastrophe, which she’s perfect in.
And on top of being an author, actress, activist and all-around badass, Carrie was also an idol to those of us who aspire to truly not give one fuck. Carrie is the force.
Carrie is survived by her mother Debbie Reynolds, her daughter Billie Lourd, her brother Todd Fisher, her sisters Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher and her Frenchie Gary Fisher.
Saddest tweets to tweet. Mommy is gone. I love you @carrieffisher
— Carrie Fisher's Dog (@Gary_TheDog) December 27, 2016
Rest in peace, Carrie Fisher.
Pic: 20th Century Fox