Note: Fellow Legion of Leia writer, Shaun Rosado, helped write this. This news is hitting us all really hard.
Okay, fellow Legionnaires. This one hurts. Carrie Fisher, a Star Wars legend and overall Hollywood badass, passed away this Tuesday morning as a result from a massive heart attack on Friday. She was 60.
Fisher’s death was confirmed to People in a statement released by family spokesperson Simon Halls on behalf of Fisher’s daughter, Scream Queens star 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. She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.
Fisher was the daughter of entertainers Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher.
Carrie Fisher was a role model of strength for girls in a time when female characters were relegated to damsels in distress. She was a woman who blazed her own path and fought more for art than for fame. She was an indomitable personality that would take on any task, no matter how great. She’s why this site is called Legion of Leia.
Not only did Fisher play against type in the Star Wars movies, she also played against type in her career. She would frequently help re-write scripts, for zero credit, just to improve the craft. Her books provided a keen insight to the world of Hollywood and how it’s hard to navigate and survive even if you’re one of the city’s “royal families.”
Regardless of her talents or her roles, the thing some of us will always remember about Carrie Fisher was her willingness to talk to each and every fan. She would shake every hand, and hug every neck in a sea of millions. She had a rare gift for patience and gratitude towards her fans and she will be deeply missed.