From the New York Time:
Carrie Fisher, the actress, author and screenwriter who brought a rare combination of nerve, grit and hopefulness to her most indelible role, as Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” movie franchise, died on Tuesday morning. She was 60.
A family spokesman, Simon Halls, said Ms. Fisher 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.
This… was unexpected… unbelievably unexpected. She was always a fan-favorite and one of the early strong female role models in film. Her performance in Star Wars alone set her apart from others and made her name one that would be remembered for a very long time.
I personally grew up watching her… everything from Star Wars to Drop Dead Fred to… yes… the damn Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back movie.
Her death comes at the end of a very hard struggle with drugs, weight, and psychological issues that had plagued Carrie her entire life. I suppose it’s yet another testament to her character that she was able to overcome all of that with a smile and a sense of humor.
Carrie, yours was a life that touched many and you will be missed. Your loss is our loss and will leave an irreparable hole in geek culture for years to come.
Thank you Carrie, you will be missed!