Four days prior to her death, the actress suffered a major cardiac arrest while on board a flight from London to Los Angeles, fifteen minutes before touchdown. Upon landing she was rushed to the hospital by ambulance.
Her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, shared a message about her daughter's death on Facebook. "Thank 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."
Fisher began her career in 1975 in the hit Shampoo. She has had roles in movies such as The Blues Brothers, Hannah and Her Sisters, When Harry Met Sally and Austin Powers. But her most memorable role is that of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. In 2015, she reprised the famous role in Episode VII of the series, Star Wards: The Force Awakens, and her digitally rendered image appears in the latest installment, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story which is currently in theaters. "She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved," Star Wars creator George Lucas said in a statement. "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." Her Star Wars co-star Harrison Ford said in a statement: "Carrie was one of a kind ... brilliant, original, funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely".