Princess. Warrior. Wordsmith. Beloved hero, both on- and off-screen. As the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, she was royalty in Hollywood as well as the Star Wars universe. Her honesty and no-nonsense take established her as a role model for girls, an inimitably witty and candid writer, and an ally for mental health and addiction.
During the final moments of an eleven hour December 23rd flight from London to LAX, Carrie Fisher, 60, went into cardiac arrest.
Early reports said she was in distress during the flight, then started vomiting and saying she couldn't breathe before medically trained passengers and the flight crew began administering CPR. Air traffic control was told that the passenger was "unresponsive." Paramedics were standing by and reportedly worked feverishly to regain a pulse.
Fisher was transferred to UCLA Medical Center, and eventually moved out of emergency and into the ICU. Brother Todd Fisher told fans, "She is being well looked after. If everyone could just pray for her that would be good.”
On December 26th, Reynolds posted that Carrie was in stable condition, thanking friends and fans for their good wishes. Reynolds added that the family would share new information if there was any change in her condition. Social media was abuzz with prayers and posts wishing her the best.
But Fisher was on a ventilator and never regained consciousness. When the brain is without oxygen for an extended period of time, the body simply cannot recuperate. Fisher passed away at 8:55am on Tuesday, December 27th, four days after her cardiac event.
Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd released a statement, and all who loved Carrie began to mourn: "She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly."
As Kathleen Kennedy said, “Carrie holds such a special place in the hearts of everyone at Lucasfilm it is difficult to think of a world without her." RIP Princess. Without a doubt, you will be missed.
Fangirl Tina Fey said, "Like many women my age, Princess Leia occupies about sixty percent of my brain at any given time. But Carrie’s honest writing and her razor-sharp wit were an even greater gift. I feel so lucky that I got to meet her."
Here are some tributes shared by co-stars and fellow celebrities:
Peter Mayhew - "There are no words for this loss. Carrie was the brightest light in every room she entered. I will miss her dearly."
Mark Hamill - "no words #Devastated"
Harrison Ford - “Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely."
Mae Whitman - "1 time a friend said I had a 'Carrie Fisher appeal' & it was one of the greatest compliments I've ever been paid. Rest in peace, my hero girl"
Billy Eichner - "U know ur special when Meryl Streep plays YOU in a movie."
Elizabeth Banks - "#CarrieFisher was so witty and provocative and unrelentingly interesting. Goddamn, I loved her. Everyone did."
Bryan Fuller - "ALWAYS HUMOROUS, ALWAYS ELOQUENT, CARRIE FISHER'S CONTRIBUTION TO POP CULTURE ICONOGRAPHY & GENDER POLITICS WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN"
Chris Hardwick - "Galaxies of fans mourn your loss."
Debbie Reynolds - "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 will be remembered for the lives she impacted, as well as the hats she wore: actress, screenwriter, author, producer, speaker, and mental health advocate. Please feel free to share how she impacted you.