On Tuesday, December 27, Carrie Fisher passed away at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack.
The actress, who immortalized the role of Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” franchise, had gone into cardiac arrest four days earlier when she was flying from London to Los Angeles. She was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was being treated and later died.
Her tragic and sudden health issues shocked Fisher’s “Star Wars” co-stars and devoted fans, who took to Twitter to send prayers and messages of hope. Though days later, upon hearing the news of her death, the entertainment world and celebrities expressed their heartbreak on social media.
John Boyega, who portrayed Finn in “The Force Awakens,” tweeted:
My heart is heavy but I'm grateful that I got to know her. I'll cherish the memories, conversations and her consistent support. Rest well ❤️ pic.twitter.com/SkPiRgGf03
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) December 28, 2016
Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey in “The Force Awakens,” sent her condolences:
“Devastated at this monumental loss,” she said in a statement to People. “How lucky we all are to have known her, and how awful that we have to say goodbye.”
Lupita Nyong’o, who played Maz Kanata, shared a picture on Instagram.
Gwendoline Christie, actress who Captain Phasma, shared a couple tweets.
I'm honoured to have ever been in the same orbit as magnificent Carrie Fisher.She gave us the sparkling courage to be unashamably ourselves.
— Gwendoline Christie (@lovegwendoline) December 28, 2016
We've lost our Princess. pic.twitter.com/N9xMYe6jLT
— Gwendoline Christie (@lovegwendoline) December 27, 2016
Riz Ahmed and Diego Luna from “Rogue One” also shared his condolences.
So sad to hear about the tragic passing of @carrieffisher – her work and her unique personality touched millions and will continue to do so
— Riz Ahmed (@rizmc) December 28, 2016
Sad day this 27th… Sad news…
SALUD POR CARRIE FISHER!!
— diego luna (@diegoluna_) December 28, 2016
George Lucas issued a statement dedicated to Fisher: “Carrie and I have been friends for most of our adult lives. She was extremely smart; a talented writer, actress and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved. In ‘Star Wars,’ she was our great and powerful princess — feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think. My heart and prayers are with Billie, Debbie and all Carrie’s family, friends and fans. She will be missed by all.”
J.J. Abrams also tweeted out a message via his Bad Robot Twitter account.
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) December 27, 2016
Harrison Ford paid tribute to his “Star Wars” co-star in a statement given to The Wrap, “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.”
“Star Wars Episode VIII” director Rian Johnson expresses his sadness.
Carrie was an incredible person. I feel lucky I got to know her, and heartbroken.
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) December 27, 2016
Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a statement: “Carrie Fisher was one-of-a-kind, a true character who shared her talent and her truth with us all with her trademark wit and irreverence. Millions fell in love with her as the indomitable Princess Leia; she will always have a special place in the hearts of ‘Star Wars’ fans as well as all of us who were lucky enough to know her personally. She will be sorely missed, and we join millions of fans and friends around the world who mourn her loss today.”
Mark Hamill, who portrayed Luke Skywalker, wrote “devastated” on Twitter and also shared some more words on his Facebook page.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 27, 2016
Steven Spielberg expressed: “I have always stood in awe of Carrie. Her observations always made me laugh and gasp at the same time. She didn’t need The Force. She was a force of nature, of loyalty and of friendship. I will miss her very much.”
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy also wrote in her statement: “Carrie holds such special place in the hearts of everyone at Lucasfilm it is difficult to think of a world without her. She was Princess Leia to the world but a very special friend to all of us. She had an indomitable spirit, incredible wit, and a loving heart. Carrie also defined the female hero of our age over a generation ago. Her groundbreaking role as Princess Leia served as an inspiration of power and confidence for young girls everywhere. We will miss her dearly.”
Sheila Nevins, President of HBO Documentary Films, shared a poem about Fisher’s passing.
“She was a friend and I lost her.
I loved her.
She paid the price for every witticism
She suffered Hollywood!s bright lights
Yet never saw herself as a star.
She loved comicon.
She loved the people who saw her as
And she loved the cash!
A good soul.
To be missed to be treasured.
Not a false bone, not a pretentious moment.
Carrie Always real.
Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian stated, “The force is dark today.”
I'm deeply saddened at the news of Carrie's passing. She was a dear friend, whom I greatly respected and admired. The force is dark today!
— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) December 27, 2016
Peter Mayhew, known for his role as Chewbacca, shared personal images of him with Fisher.
There are no words for this loss. Carrie was the brightest light in every room she entered. I will miss her dearly. pic.twitter.com/GgIeYGeMt9
— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) December 27, 2016
Anthony Daniels, best known for portraying the droid C-3PO, also expressed his sadness.
I thought I had got what I wanted under the tree. I didn't. In spite of so many thoughts and prayers from so many. I am very, very sad.
— Anthony Daniels (@ADaniels3PO) December 27, 2016
Warwick Davis, who portrayed Wicket the Ewok in “Return of the Jedi,” remembers Carrie by sharing a picture of both of them.
— Warwick Davis (@WarwickADavis) December 27, 2016
— Warwick Davis (@WarwickADavis) December 28, 2016
Michael Giacchino, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” composer, shared an image of Fisher as Leia with the words “I’m sad.”
I'm sad. pic.twitter.com/O0dsxZjlDM
— Michael Giacchino (@m_giacchino) December 27, 2016
Gary Whitta, co-writer of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” was “heartbroken.”
Heartbroken. A brilliant and hilarious actress, writer, and storyteller. To all of us who grew up with her work, she’s royalty. https://t.co/H2Ci5cu759
— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) December 27, 2016
“A sad day in ‘Star Wars’ galaxy,'” tweeted Matt Lanter, the voice of Anakin Skywalker in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars Rebels.”
A sad day in the Star Wars galaxy. You are one with the Force Princess. https://t.co/caBbwa0roD
— Matt Lanter (@MattLanter) December 27, 2016
“Carrie Fisher lived with uncommon fierceness and love. Her wit and intelligence were captivating, and we are devastated to be released from their hold. We feel truly privileged to have known her, and our hearts go out to her daughter Billie, her mother Debbie and brother Todd at this very sad time. Carrie sometimes said “wouldn’t it be wonderful to get to the end of my personality?” None of us agree, Carrie. We’d do anything to have you come back and lie in the sun.”
See more reactions from the entertainment community below.
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) December 28, 2016
2000 she grabbed my ass and said " you would have loved me when I was on Xanax". Funny, interesting, chaotic , soulful. Friend.
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) December 28, 2016
So so so sad. Thank you, Carrie Fisher. What a loss.
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) December 27, 2016
Thankful for the opportunity to get to know @carrieffisher these past few months. I will savor her humor, intelligence and openness.
— Miles Teller (@Miles_Teller) December 28, 2016
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) December 28, 2016
Reading todays outpouring of love for Carrie Fisher has been truly moving. She meant so many things, to so many people, over so many years.
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) December 28, 2016
— Rosario Dawson (@rosariodawson) December 28, 2016
God, please look after @carrieffisher She means a lot to us!
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) December 28, 2016
RIP Carrie Fisher, and don't forget Richard Adams. Fine writer.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) December 27, 2016
Devastated by the world's loss of @carrieffisher, a fierce, funny, brilliant actress and activist who is gone too soon.
— Christian Slater (@ChristianSlater) December 27, 2016
— Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher has left us. I am devastated. My condolences and love to the family. My darling brilliant girl RIP.
— Goldie Hawn (@goldiehawn) December 27, 2016
— Malcolm McDowell (@McDowellMalc) December 27, 2016
@Carrie Fisher's loss is devastating. Her wit-her inspiration to those with mental illness was monumental. Loved working on WHMS with her.
— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher wasn't afraid to be a smart actress, too often considered an oxymoron. A writing actress who paved the way for the rest of us.
— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) December 27, 2016
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) December 27, 2016
No. No. Fuck this shit. Carrie Fisher is a fucking legend and this is bullshit.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) December 27, 2016
I'm deeply saddened to learn of the death of Carrie Fisher. I will miss our banterings. A wonderful talent & light has been extinguished.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) December 27, 2016
Fuck this year. Fuck this whole sick, worthless cruel prank of a year. #RIPCarrieFisher
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 27, 2016
No damsel in distress! RIP Carrie Fisher pic.twitter.com/4jY3hw5EgJ
— Bryce Dallas Howard (@BryceDHoward) December 27, 2016
I'm sitting in stunned silence learning of the death of #CarrieFisher. In what has been a particularly sad year this may be the hardest. RIP
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) December 27, 2016
Farewell Carrie Fisher, the writer, actress, icon and wit. So very sad.
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher didn't make it. I am so terribly sorry, and send my sincere condolences to her family, friends and fans all around the world.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) December 27, 2016
R.I.P. Carrie Fisher. Seeing her again on talk shows was such a thrill. So hilarious & fearless when she was being herself.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 27, 2016
If I heard Carrie Fisher was going to make an appearance I wanted to see it. U know ur special when Meryl Streep plays YOU in a movie. RIP.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) December 27, 2016
— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher was smart, funny, talented, surprising, and always a hell of a fun time to be around. Family Guy will miss her immensely.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) December 27, 2016
Such a sad day for her family, friends and millions of fans. Carrie Fisher is deeply missed.
— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher. Cannot believe that you're 'gone'. Funny funny and then some. 💔💔XXX pic.twitter.com/DV6GQC1lcx
— Richard E. Grant (@RichardEGrant) December 27, 2016
— Bobby Moynihan (@bibbymoynihan) December 27, 2016
Hail Hail! A genius has vacated this realm-RIP Carrie Fisher.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) December 27, 2016
She was the brightest, funniest, bravest, kindest, cleverest and sweetest person I ever knew. A crushing blow to lose @carrieffisher
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) December 27, 2016
It's been overstated, but it's been a difficult, heavy year.
Learning Carrie Fisher has passed breaks my heart as it does so many others.
— Grant Gustin (@grantgust) December 27, 2016
We’ll never forget you, Carrie. May the Force be with you always.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) December 27, 2016
Numb. Unbelievable that such a bright funny loving spark could be extinguished. @carrieffisher you will be missed. I wish you peace.
— graham norton (@grahnort) December 27, 2016
Accursed 2016. Woe. https://t.co/p0tAP4ItFv
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) December 27, 2016