In a statement to People magazine, her family rep said, "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's mother, 84-year-old screen legend Debbie Reynolds added 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."
Last week, Fisher suffered a massive heart attack en route to Los Angeles from London. After landing at LAX, she was rushed to UCLA Medical Center, where she remained until her death. TMZ reports she never regained consciousness after the medical emergency.
Over the weekend, Reynolds tweeted that Carrie was in “stable condition,” adding, “If there is a change, we will share it. For all her fans & friends, I thank you for your prayers & good wishes.”
At the time of her death, Carrie was promoting her book "The Princess Diarist." She was also in the middle of filming “Wonderwell,” and had completed her work in the next “Star Wars” movie, which is currently in post-production.
In one of her last interviews with "Extra" last year, Carrie opened up about playing Princess Leia again in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Watch.
After hearing about her death, celebrities took to social media to mourn her passing, including her "Star Wars" co-star Harrison Ford. He said in a statement, "Carrie was one-of-a-kind…brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely... My thoughts are with her daughter Billie, her mother Debbie, her brother Todd, and her many friends. We will all miss her."
Read some celebrity tweets below.
Sweet, Brilliant, Irreverent, Huge hearted Carrie, You gave me advice I live by to this day, & always will. On the wings of angels fly...❤️