Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Carrie Fisher (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016)

Jedi Mouseketeer and the Sorcerer Radio Network of sites and podcasts are saddened by the passing of Carrie Fisher. Our hearts go out to her family and friends. She was an inspiration to many of us and it has been great to see her reprise her iconic role as Princess/General Leia in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. May she rest in peace. May The Force be with you, always. - Aljon Go, JediMouseketeer.com

Carrie Fisher died at the age of 60 on December 27, 2016, four days after going into cardiac arrest near the end of a transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles.

Fisher (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016), known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars saga, was the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. Other film roles included Shampoo (1975), The Blues Brothers (1980), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The 'Burbs (1989), and When Harry Met Sally... (1989).

Fisher was also known for her semi-autobiographical novels, including Postcards from the Edge and the screenplay for the film of the same name, as well as her autobiographical one-woman play and its nonfiction book, Wishful Drinking, based on the show. She additionally served as a script doctor, working on other writers' screenplays. In later years, she earned praise for speaking publicly about her experiences with bipolar disorder and drug addiction.

On December 23, 2016, Fisher was on a commercial flight from London to Los Angeles when she went into cardiac arrest fifteen minutes before the plane landed at Los Angeles International Airport. A passenger seated near Fisher reported that she had stopped breathing. Another passenger performed CPR on Fisher until paramedics arrived at the scene. After being taken by ambulance to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, she was placed on a ventilator.

Fisher died four days later on December 27 at 8:55 a.m. (PST) in Los Angeles at 60 years old. Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, confirmed her mother's death in a statement given to the press shortly afterward by a family spokesperson, Simon Halls. Fisher is survived by her daughter, her mother Debbie Reynolds, her brother Todd Fisher and their half-sisters Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher along with her beloved dog Gary. News of Fisher's passing spread quickly online where fans from around the world responded with tributes and condolences. Many of her Star Wars co-stars and directors also shared their thoughts on Fisher's passing.

In her book, Wishful Drinking, Fisher wrote about her eventual obituary: "I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra." Several obituaries and retrospectives featured the quote. *Source Wikipedia.


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