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Carrie Fisher Dies: 'Star Wars' Actress Was 60

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Carrie Fisher arrives at Backstage At The Geffen Gala on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Matt Sayles/Invision for Geffen Playhouse/AP Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 27 Dec 2016 02:29 PM

Carrie Fisher died on Tuesday, four days after suffering a heart attack during a flight. She was 60.

The actress best known for her role as Princess Leia Organa on “Star Wars,” was on a flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday when she went into cardiac arrest, People noted.

Family spokesman Simon Halls released a statement on behalf of Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd.

“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 read.

“She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly,” Lourd said. “Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

When the flight landed in Los Angeles, paramedics removed Fisher from the plane and then rushed her to a nearby hospital where she would later die, according to People.

Fisher was the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, who divorced when Fisher was 2 years old, The Hollywood Reporter noted.

Along with the fame she amassed in her role in “Star Wars,” Fisher became a writer, authoring books including “Postcards From the Edge.” She also reminisced on her life in her HBO special, “Wishful Drinking,” which was nominated for an Emmy in 2011.

Fisher got her Hollywood start in 1975 in the film “Shampoo,” CNN noted.

A few years after that, Fisher would get her big break when she dropped out of high school to appear on Broadway alongside her mother.

“I was trained in celebrity, so I did the only thing I knew,” Fisher once told Rolling Stone. “I went into the family business.”

The actress appeared at Cannes in May to promote the documentary “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds,” which is expected to air on HBO in March, The Hollywood Reporter noted.

At Cannes, Fisher jokingly said, “I didn’t want to be in show business, and I think I did a very good job [of that].”

Nevertheless, Fisher lived out quite the career as an actress, screenwriter, author, producer, and speaker.

Many have taken to social media to pay tribute to Fisher following her death.

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