Actress Carrie Fisher dead at 60

FILE - This April 7, 2011 file photo shows Carrie Fisher at the 2011 NewNowNext Awards in Los Angeles. Fisher says she's coming back as Princess Leia for the new “Star Wars” films. The actress confirmed that she'll return as the iconic character in an interview posted Wednesday, March 6, 2013, with Florida's Palm Beach Illustrated. Casting for the films has yet to be announced, but Fisher answered a simple “yes” when asked if she would be reprising Leia. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)

Iconic actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, has died at age 60.

Last Friday, Fisher suffered a massive heart attack while on board a flight from London to Los Angeles.

Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, released a statement through a spokesperson to People, saying Fisher died Tuesday just before 9 a.m.

Fisher was the daughter of pop singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds.  She made her movie debut in 1975 in the romantic comedy Shampoo, which came out two years before she became an icon as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars.

After a failed marriage and addiction to prescription drugs, Fisher turned to writing.  She wrote seven books and earlier this year, released her memoir, The Princess Diarist. The book is based on diaries she kept while filming the original Star Wars trilogy.


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