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Actress Carrie Fisher, whose grit and wit made Wars’ Princess Leia an iconic and beloved figure to millions of moviegoers, died Tuesday in Los Angeles. She was 60.

Her death was confirmed in a statement issued by the publicist for Billie Lourd, Fisher daughter.

Fisher death came four days after she suffered a cardiac event on a flight from London to Los Angeles, according to a source familiar with the situation.

family business actress and advocate, who got her start in Hollywood as a seductive teen in the 1975 film was the daughter of screen legend Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher.

But her biggest break as an actress came just a few years after she dropped out of high school to appear alongside her mother on Broadway.

She beat out the likes of Jodie Foster and Amy Irving for the part of Leia in George Lucas original 1977 Wars. Her tough as nails princess was strong and independent and the role positioned Fisher in the decades that followed as something of a feminist icon.

The film became a blockbuster Box Office Mojo ranks it as the second highest grossing movie of all time after adjusting for inflation, behind With the Wind and turned Fisher into an overnight star.

was trained in celebrity, so I did the only thing I knew, Fisher once told Rolling Stone. went into the family business. went on to appear in 1980 Empire Strikes Back and 1983 of the Jedi. She drew almost as much attention for Leia hair and wardrobe as she did for her performances in the movies. Her character wore her brown hair in two enormous swirly buns over her ears, and donned a revealing metal bikini as Jabba the Hutt captive in of the Jedi. tributes

Tributes poured out Tuesday from her fellow members of the Wars universe.

was one of a kind original, co star Harrison Ford said in a statement. Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely thoughts are with her daughter Billie, her mother Debbie, her brother Todd, and her many friends. We will all miss her. Ranch spokeswoman Connie Wethington issued this statement from Wars creator George Lucas: and I have been friends most of our adult lives. In Star Wars she was our great and powerful princess feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think. Mark Hamill tweeted: words Devastated. deeply saddened at the news of Carrie passing. She was a dear friend, whom I greatly respected and admired. The force is dark today! tweeted another co star, Billy Dee Williams.

Actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the Wars movies, said, are no words for this loss. Carrie was the brightest light in every room she entered. I will miss her dearly. my feelings became a star alongside Hamill and onscreen love interest Ford, with whom she eventually revealed she been romantically involved for a brief time while filming the first Wars movie.

Her sudden fame overwhelmed her at times.

years ago, George Lucas ruined my life, she wrote in her book, Drinking. I mean that in the nicest possible way. wrote about not loving the exposure that came with success or Leia characteristic hairstyle, which she called weighed about 105 at the time, but to be fair, I carried about fifty of those pounds in my face! So you know what a good idea would be? Give me a hairstyle that further widens my already wide face, she wrote with trademark sarcasm.

After Wars Fisher had memorable supporting roles as a vengeful ex in Blues Brothers and as a supportive pal to Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal in Harry Met Sally. Meryl Streep played a Fisher like character in From the Edge, based on Fisher own semi autobiographical novel about life as a recovering addict.

She published multiple books, including a memoir, Princess Diarist. Fisher also was known around Hollywood as a script doctor, having worked on such films as Wedding Singer and Act. four decades after the first Wars, the actress reprised her most iconic role in 2015 Wars: The Force Awakens. She also was digitally recreated to appear briefly as a young Leia in the current Wars spinoff, One. fired back at fans who mocked her for having aged since her last appearance in a Wars movie, tweeting, stop debating about whether OR not I aged well. Unfortunately it hurts all 3 of my feelings. recently, Fisher was in London filming the latest season of Amazon and promoting Princess Diarist. about struggles

Fisher spoke openly about her struggles with alcoholism and bipolar disorder. She also was an advocate for mental health awareness and treatment.

are a couple of reasons why I take comfort in being able to put all this in my own vernacular and present it to you, she wrote in Drinking, after detailing her diagnosis and an overdose incident. one thing, because then I not completely alone with it. And for another, it gives me a sense of being in control of the craziness. also spoke knowingly about the life of a celebrity. In a 2009 interview with CNN, Fisher said she was reluctant to enter the entertainment business because she saw what it did to her parents.

bright, white, hot star of celebrity was slowly dimming and fading and cooling. It scared me. I saw what it did to them. It hurt them, she said.

People mistake celebrity for acceptance or love and believe they can maintain some level of fame forever, but that isn the case, she said. Seeing what the effect that reality had on her parents led her to believe that is just obscurity biding its time, Fisher told CNN.

Fisher is survived by her daughter, Queens actress Billie Lourd, whose father is talent agent Brian Lourd. Her mother, brother Todd Fisher, and half sisters Tricia Leigh Fisher and Joely Fisher also survive her.

Fisher representative, Nicole Perez Krueger, issued this statement from Billie Lourd: was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers. Reynolds posted on Facebook: you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter. I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love Carries Mother death is the latest devastating loss to the Hollywood community, which has seen a number of legends pass away in 2016.
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