Carrie Fisher, the actress known to millions as Star Wars’ Princess Leia Organa, has passed away this morning, days after suffering a massive heart attack on board a flight from London to LAX, a family spokesperson has confirmed.
Fisher was on a flight from London to LAX Friday when she suffered a heart attack shortly before landing, and had been in hospital since. The actress’ family had said she was in “stable condition”.
A statement released today by family spokesman Simon Halls reads:
“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning.”
Fisher was of course, Princess Leia, but she’d also starred in “The Blues Brothers,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “Postcards from the Edge” and many, many more, as well as doing amazing work off camera. She sadly also famously battled substance abuse throughout her life, and had troubles with bipolar disorder.
“She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly,” says Lourd. “Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”