Carrie Fisher has passed away at the age of 60. She was hospitalized last week after a massive heart attack on a plane from London to Los Angeles, which she ultimately succumbed to. Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, released a statement to People through their family spokesman today:
"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."
Fisher's presence in Rogue One, the latest installment in the Star Wars series, has been credited with its rising success beyond opening weekend.
Needless to say, the millions of people whose lives her work has touched went into mourning once the news broke. Fans, coworkers, friends, and many others took to Twitter to mourn the loss of a person whose presence always lit up the room they were in.
#CarrieFisher is gone and the world feels immediately dimmed. Like Bowie, she surprised us with late revelations then left us too soon— Greg Jenner (@greg_jenner) December 27, 2016
Peace in the heavens #CarrieFisher "Nothing’s ever really over. Just over there.”— Dylan Riley Snyder (@DylanRSnyder) December 27, 2016
-- Last lines of "Surrender the Pink," by Carrie Fisher
...As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened... #CarrieFisher— Blake Elliott (@TheBlakeElliott) December 27, 2016
Remember #CarrieFisher also for being open and honest about struggles with addiction and mental illness. RIP.— Mikala Jamison (@notjameson) December 27, 2016
she's one of the kickass gals i wanted to be. a profound loss in the hearts of us tough, complicated girls. #CarrieFisher loved & missed :((— Melissa Ponzio (@MelissaPonzio1) December 27, 2016
please honor carrie fisher's wishes and include in her obituaries that she "drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra." ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/Pj5sRsIvkz— elisabeth (@threelisabeth) December 27, 2016
*saddest beep* RIP Carrie Fisher— BB8 (@BB8) December 27, 2016
I'm deeply saddened to learn of the death of Carrie Fisher. I will miss our banterings. A wonderful talent & light has been extinguished.— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) December 27, 2016
R.I.P. Carrie Fisher. A brilliantly funny, talented woman. We will miss your humor now more than ever.— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) December 27, 2016
I'm deeply saddened at the news of Carrie's passing. She was a dear friend, whom I greatly respected and admired. The force is dark today!— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) December 27, 2016
It was an a dream to work with Carrie Fisher just two weeks ago. She was hilarious with an acerbic, sexy sense of humour & was well able... pic.twitter.com/j7SJXGZy0Z— Aisling Bea (@WeeMissBea) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher was smart, funny, talented, surprising, and always a hell of a fun time to be around. Family Guy will miss her immensely.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) December 27, 2016
Farewell Carrie Fisher, the writer, actress, icon and wit. So very sad.— edgarwright (@edgarwright) December 27, 2016
So rare for a woman in Hollywood to get to be an icon at different ages. Bereft we will not get to witness grand dame-era Carrie Fisher.— Gwenda Bond (@Gwenda) December 27, 2016
Rest in peace.