Can it just be New Year's Day already? 2016, the year that took the lives of a truly all star cast, has claimed yet another victim. Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” movie franchise, died this morning. She was 60.
A family spokesman, Simon Halls, said Carrie died at 8:55 a.m. She had a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday and had been hospitalized in Los Angeles.
Carrie Fisher was the daughter of the pop singer Eddie Fisher and the actress Debbie Reynolds, and step daughter to Elizabeth Taylor. She shot to worldwide superstardom of her own in 1977 with "Star Wars," the daughter of Darth Vader, sister of Luke Skywalker and wife of Han Solo.
She was open about her dependency on prescription medication and her diagnosis of bipolar disorder. She channeled her struggles into the semiautobiographical novel “Postcards From the Edge” and the one-woman show “Wishful Drinking,” which she turned into a memoir.
In her book “The Princess Diarist," she wrote: “Perpetual celebrity — the kind where any mention of you will interest a significant percentage of the public until the day you die, even if that day comes decades after your last real contribution to the culture — is exceedingly rare, reserved for the likes of Muhammad Ali.”
Carrie Frances Fisher was born on Oct. 21, 1956, in Beverly Hills, Calif. She was the first child of her highly visible parents (they later had a son, Todd), and said in “Wishful Drinking” that, while her mother was under anesthetic delivering her, her father fainted.
“So when I arrived,” Ms. Fisher wrote, “I was virtually unattended! And I have been trying to make up for that fact ever since."
Last year, after the release of “The Force Awakens," she wrote: “Please stop debating about whether OR not [eye emoji] aged well. unfortunately it hurts all 3 of my feelings. My BODY hasn’t aged as well as I have.”