The loss of a legend – Carrie Fisher
10/21/1956 – 12/27/2016
As if 2016 was not heartbreaking enough with the losses of Alan Rickman, David Bowie, Alan Thicke, George Michaels, and many more – Today we learn that actress Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia -Star Wars) has died after going into cardiac arrest on December 23rd. The actress was on a flight from London to Los Angeles when the actress had a heart attack. Fans flocked to Twitter and Facebook to express their prayers and well wishes for the actress. As the weekend went on, news seemed to look very optimistic for the actress. Monday it was reported the actress was in stable condition but this morning we got word that Carrie has indeed passed on.
Words cannot begin to express the level of grief and sadness that most of us are feeling right now. As I kid I, like so many fans, was introduced to Carrie in the Star Wars franchise as the feisty and fearless Princess Leia Organa. Princess Leia was someone women and children could look up to. She was a take charge type of girl and could get the job done with or without the help of her male counterparts. Carrie’s beauty and charm brought the character to life and without her amazing personality then the Leia we know and love might never have existed. Only Carrie could pull off the Cinnamon Roll side buns and drive men crazy with her Slave Leia outfit in Return of the Jedi.
Her career did not end after Star Wars as she has done voice work on Family Guy and Robot Chicken. She played a small role in Scream 3. She also had cameos in Smallville and Big Bang Theory. Carrie returned to the Star Wars franchise in 2015 to reprise her role as Leia in The Force Awakens along with Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Harrison Ford (Han Solo). Carrie filmed scenes for the upcoming Episode VIII film which will her be her final film.
Her co-stars Billy Dee Williams, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford have all expressed shock and sadness. Star Trek actor, William Shatner took to Twitter to express his grief as well.
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
Nothing will fill the void of this loss. Carrie was a tremendous talent and she had a smile anyone could love. I think what makes this so hard to swallow was we saw her make a comeback last year and she is a huge part of the Star Wars universe, even seeing her CGI face in Rogue One made me happy. We had such hope that the Force would be with her and she would make a full recovery. Carrie might be gone but she will never ever be forgotten. A huge part of my childhood and my adulthood was taken today but I know she is in a better place.
May The Force Be With You, Carrie Fisher!
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