Carrie Fisher, iconic Star Wars actress, dies at 60

A statement released to People magazine on behalf of Fisher�s daughter, Billie Lourd, confirmed Fisher�s death.

Carrie Fisher, iconic Star Wars actress, dies at 60

Carrie Fisher, the actress best known as Star Wars‘ Princess Leia Organa, died on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack. She was 60.

A statement released to People magazine on behalf of Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, confirmed Fisher’s death this morning:

“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” reads the statement. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”


She made her debut in Hal Ashby’s classic 1975 satire Shampoo, after which she burst into fame alongside Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford as part of the trio of stars at the heart of 1977’s Star Wars.

“Star Wars,” released in 1977, turned her overnight into an international movie star. The film, written and directed by George Lucas, traveled around the world, breaking box-office records.

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

In recent years, she’s returned to the Star Wars universe in The Force Awakens and played memorable guest parts on TV shows as diverse as British comedy Catastrophe and Family Guy.