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    Carrie Fisher 'Star Wars' Actress Dies After Suffering Heart Attack

    'Star Wars' Actress Carrie Fisher Dies at 60 After Suffering Heart Attack

    Dec 27 2016, 1:07 pm ET

    "Star Wars" has lost its most beloved princess.

    Carrie Fisher, best known for her portrayal of the plucky Princess Leia in George Lucas' epic intergalactic movie series, died Tuesday, days after suffering a heart attack on a plane. She was 60 years old.

    "It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 855 this morning," Simon Halls, a representative for Fisher's daughter, said in a statement to NBC News. "She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly."

    Fisher, who had recently wrapped the filming of "Star Wars: Episode VIII," the second of three new "Star Wars" films, was in the midst of a tour to promote her eighth book, an autobiography called "The Princess Diarist," when she was suffered the medical emergency.

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    Rest In Peace Ms. Fisher, you'll always be Princess Leia to me.
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    Carrie Fisher, best known as Princess Leia in Star Wars, dead at 60

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    Carrie Fisher, best known as the iconic double-bun hairdo-wearing Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, died Tuesday following a heart attack, Fox News reported. She was 60.

    Fisher – who also starred in a host of popular 1980s movies, was married or engaged to famous singers and actors, suffered from bipolar disorder and drug addiction and eventually became a mental health advocate. She had a medical emergency while on a flight from London to Los Angeles on Dec. 23, during which she stopped breathing. She was later taken to an intensive care unit.

    Fisher was born on Oct. 21, 1956 with showbiz – literally – in her blood. The daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, Carrie appeared, at the age of 15, in the Broadway show "Irene," which Reynolds starred in. But the theater turn cost her school time and contributed to Fisher never finishing high school.

    She first appeared on the movie screen in 1975’s "Shampoo," though her career took off when she was cast as Princess Leia Organa in the inaugural Star Wars film, which was released in 1977. She would go on to reprise the role in subsequent films, most recently appearing in 2015’s "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

    Fisher revealed in her 2016 autobiography that she had an affair with "Star Wars" co-star Harrison Ford for three months in 1976.
    In the 1980s, Fisher appeared in a string of Hollywood hits, including "The Blues Brothers," "Hannah and Her Sisters," "The ‘Burbs" and "When Harry Met Sally…"

    Her romantic life also heated up during the decade. Fisher dated Paul Simon until 1983 and about a year later married to the singer/songwriter, again for about a year. In between her stints with Simon, she dated and was briefly engaged to "Blues Brother" co-star Dan Akroyd. She had a child, Billie Catherine Lourd, in 1992 with talent agent Bryan Lourd, though Lourd later left Fisher for a man.

    Fisher appeared to reflect on the relationship with Lourd in her 2004 book, "The Best Awful There Is," in which the character Suzanne is loosely based on Fisher’s life. "She’d had a child with someone who forgot to tell her he was gay. He forgot to tell her, and she forgot to notice."

    "Best Awful" was the fifth and final of Fisher’s novels, though she later wrote three non-fiction works, including 2016’s "The Princess Diarist." A talented writer, she helped rework screen plays for "Sister Act," "Last Action Hero" and "The Wedding Singer."

    Fisher also continued her acting career later in life, often appearing as herself in comedic turns on television shows. Somewhat out of character, she provided the voice of "Angela" on "Family Guy" from 2005-2016. Her last projects were in two yet-to-be released films: "Wonderwall" and as Leia in "Star Wars: Episode VIII."

    Fisher also publicly struggled with bipolar disorder and abused pain killers and cocaine. She said in 2008 that she received electroconvulsive therapy treatments every six weeks at one point. Fisher became an outspoken advocate for those battling mental illness and received an Annual Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism from Harvard in 2016.

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    A file picture dated 23 June 2013 shows actress Carrie Fisher at Supanova Pop Culture Expo at Homebush in Sydney, Australia. TRACEY NEARMY / EPA

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    RIP Carrie Fisher.

    I had an idea that she was on life support reading between the lines of the updates from her family. I think her family waited until after Christmas to let her go. Sad.
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    Carrie Fisher's frequent companion: French bulldog Gary

    Dec 27, 2016


    He followed her everywhere. And she loved to talk about him.

    He would be Gary, the French bulldog, and she his owner, actress Carrie Fisher, who died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles after suffering an in-flight heart attack Friday.

    Gary, a striking ball of brindle-colored fur with pointy ears and white chest markings, is a petite but sturdy dog who strutted with Fisher down many red carpets. He was with her at this year's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in April. He was at a screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December 2015. The actress, who played Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, described the experience: "It was very loud, so he couldn’t go to sleep and he watched it, panting. So I think that’s a good review. The animal world will like it."

    According to People.com and TMZ, Gary was with Fisher on the flight from London to Los Angeles Friday. Later that day, the canine companion was seen with Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd at the L.A. hospital where the actress was taken by ambulance.

    Fisher, who has been open about living with bipolar disorder, acquired Gary as a therapy dog to help with her condition. In 2013, when the Frenchie was 1, Fisher told the Herald-Tribune in Sarasota, Fla., "Gary is like my heart. Gary is very devoted to me, and that calms me down. He’s anxious when he’s away from me."

    Calling Fisher "an unabashed dog defender and PETA supporter," the animal-rights organization said in a statement: "She may be best remembered for her iconic role as Princess Leia, but we fondly remember her for her devotion to her dog, Gary."

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    Oh, the places they went together: London, Rome, Montreal and Cannes, France.

    They were inseparable — at home and abroad.

    And so, while die-hard Star Wars fans are mourning the passing of their beloved Princess Leia, one four-legged furry canine is missing his beloved mom, Carrie Fisher. #garyloveshismom


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    I totally understand that bond with an animal, I hope Gary is able to adjust and live out his life in happiness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryjane [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    I totally understand that bond with an animal, I hope Gary is able to adjust and live out his life in happiness.
    I read that Carries daughter is taking Gary. She has the same kind of dog and apparently her dog and Gary are good friends!
    my posts are my opinion only

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    Fisher, Reynolds to have joint funeral

    Dec 29, 2016


    Actress Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher will have a joint funeral after the two actresses died just one day apart this week, Reynolds' son Todd Fisher confirmed to ABC News.

    According to the ABC News report, no date or time has been set for the service.

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    The Los Angeles County coroner’s office said that Carrie Fisher died from sleep apnea and a combination of other factors, though it was unable to identify one specific reason for the 60-year-old icon’s death last December.

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    Among the factors that contributed to Ms. Fisher’s death was a buildup of fatty tissue in the walls of her arteries, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said in a news release late Friday. The release states that the actor showed signs of having taken multiple drugs, but investigators could not determine whether they contributed to her death in December.

    The examination was performed three days after Fisher died, and though there were signs of "multiple drug intake," it’s unclear what role, if any, those substances played in her death.

    Fisher’s daugher, Billie Lourd, said that her mother "battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life," and that "she ultimately died of it."

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    "She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases," Lourd said in a statement.

    "I know my Mom, she’d want her death to encourage people to be open about their struggles. Seek help, fight for government funding for mental health programs. Shame and those social stigmas are the enemies of progress to solutions and ultimately a cure. Love you Momby," she added.

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