We received a low blow today with the news that the amazing and talented Carrie Fisher had passed away due to hear failure. Spokesman for the family, Simon Halls, released this statement on behalf of Billie Lourde, Fisher's daughter:
“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning. She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”
She was an incredible woman who inspired thousands of people around the world with not only her professional success, but with how she overcame her struggles with addiction and depression. Now, after her passing, it's only natural that many fellow celebrities have something to say about her. Here's a compilation of the tributes and support the icon has received around the internet:
Carrie's Star Wars Family
Fisher is most well-known for her involvement in the Star Wars franchise as the unforgettable Princess Leia. Being a part of such a big saga means there are a lot of other actors she met and befriended. Here's what they had to say about the actress and her passing:
Mark Hamill first lamented Carrie's passing through Twitter but later posted an incredibly heartfelt message about her long-time friend and colleague through his official Facebook page that perfectly echoes our sentiment toward the actress:
The voices of Obi Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker in The Clone Wars animated series, James Arnold Taylor and Matt Lanter respectively, also shared their grief through Twitter:
The actor released a statement to E! News, alongside George Lucas, about their long-time friend's death:
"Carrie was one-of-a-kind…brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely. My thoughts are with her daughter Billie Lourd, her mother Debbie Reynolds, her brother Todd Fisher and "her many friends.We will all miss her."
Meanwhile, Star Wars creator George Lucas, praised her talent, intelligence and nature:
"Carrie and I have been friends most of our adult lives. She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer 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."
Darth Vader actor, David Prowse said this:
Carrie's director in The Force Awakens, JJ Abrams, shared this heartfelt message through his production company's (Bad Robot) Twitter account:
Episode VIII director, Colin Trevorrow, posted this image with the caption "Always":
Just as their characters in The Force Awakens, Fisher and Ridley shared a bond, and it's evident not only in the fun interviews they did together while promoting the film, but also in Ridley's statement about the actress' passing:
“Devastated at this monumental loss. How lucky we all are to have known her, and how awful that we have to say goodbye.”
Despite never meeting her, Felicity Jones also shared her thoughts about the actress based on her remarkable and inspiring public persona:
“Such devastating news. I never met Carrie but consistently heard how profoundly sharp and witty she was. Her maverick spirit will be missed by us all.”
President of LucasFilm, Kathleen Kennedy had been working closely with Fisher starting with The Force Awakens and moving into Episode VIII and IX. Here's what she had to say:
“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.”
Countless personalities from different mediums also offered their support for the actress and her family. Take a look:
The legendary director worked with Fisher on The Blues Brothers. He released this statement, acknowledging her strength:
“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.”
The Blues Brothers and Ghostbusters icon, as well as Fisher's ex-boyfriend, Dan Aykroyd, shared this sad message:
Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner, posted a loving tribute to Carrie, saying he'll miss his fun banters:
Marvel producer extraordinaire and Marvel contributors also chimed in to share their grief:
The Pitch Perfect actress then shared a funny anecdote of herself with Carrie:
Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane, a show to which Fisher provided her voice in numerous occasions, also shared his thoughts about the actress:
Fisher's co-star in the Woody Allen-directed Hannah and her Sisters, Mia Farrow, posted these two messages on Twitter:
Last but not least, Carrie Fisher's mother, Debbie Reynolds, posted this touching message on her Facebook page:
These are a lot of messages proving how loved she was, but let's remember Carrie Fisher touched millions of more people through her films, braveness and remarkable intelligence. She was the perfect role model: Someone who struggled for a long time, but came out the other end stronger and gave many who needed it a face to follow. Carrie Fisher will be missed but thankfully for us, her talent is immortalized in her works.
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