Carrie Fisher has died at age 60. The news was confirmed in a statement on behalf of Fisher's daughter, actress 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.
Lourd added, "She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers."
Watch a clip of Carrie Fisher in Star Wars.
Fisher's death comes just days after she went into cardiac arrest on a flight from London to LAX. She was revived on the flight and rushed to a nearby hospital. Just a few days ago, her mom, Debbie Reynolds, had tweeted that Fisher was in stable condition.
"Carrie is in stable condition," Reynolds tweeted on Sunday. "If there is a change, we will share it. For all her fans & friends. I thank you for your prayers & good wishes."
Before her death, Carrie Fisher was best known as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise. "I knew that something enormous was likely going to impact my life from this film, and that there was absolutely no way of understanding what that was or was likely to be," she said last year.
Fisher recently published a memoir based on her diaries from the Star Wars set. Opening up about the memoir, she got emotional.
"I had forgotten that I’d written them, and I’ve never written diaries sort of like that,” she said. "I write when I’m upset … it was about two or three months of upset. It was sad because I was so insecure, and it’s very raw and obviously I didn’t expect anyone — including myself, I suppose later on — to read it."
Fisher revealed in the memoir that she had an affair with co-star Harrison Ford on-set. She described the relationship as a "three-month one-night stand."
"I wasn’t raised that way," Carrie Fisher said a month before she died. "But when you’re on location — this is something I discovered — everything is permitted."
Watch Carrie Fisher discuss her affair with Harrison Ford.
Carrie Fisher spent a year studying acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She then made her film debut in Warren Beatty's Shampoo in 1975.
She also starred in The Blues Brothers, The Man with One Red Shoe, Hannah and Her Sisters and When Harry Met Sally. And she helped write scripts for popular movies like The Wedding Singer, Hook and Sister Act.
More recently, Fisher reprised her role as Leia in The Force Awakens. And prior to her death, she had filmed scenes for the next Star Wars film, Episode 8.
Watch Carrie Fisher discuss her role in The Force Awakens.
Carrie Fisher had a tumultuous personal life as the daughter of stars Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher. Fisher famously dumped Reynolds for Elizabeth Taylor in 1959.
Fisher's own love life was just as complicated. She married Paul Simon in 1983, but the relationship was plagued by her drug use and depression. They divorced in 1984 but continued dating on and off after their separation.
Fisher also dated talent agent Bryan Lourd for three years. He fathered her only child, Billie, but has since come out as gay and married Bruce Bozzi.
Watch Carrie Fisher discuss her relationship with Paul Simon.
Carrie Fisher had tried to get her problems under control in recent years. She was even an advocate for mental health issues in the years before she died.
"I outlasted my problems," she previously told ABC News. "I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on. Better me than you."
“I never could take alcohol. I always said I was allergic to alcohol, and that’s actually a definition to alcoholism — an allergy of the body and an obsession of the mind,” Fisher told the Herald-Tribune in 2013. “So I didn’t do other kinds of drugs until I was about 20. Then, by the time I was 21 it was LSD. I didn’t love cocaine, but I wanted to feel any way other than the way I did, so I’d do anything.”
Carrie Fisher is survived by her mother Debbie Reynolds, daughter Billie Lourd, brother Todd Fisher, and half-sisters Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher.
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