Less than 48 hours after news broke of Wham! frontman George Michael’s passing, it has come to light that American actress Carrie Fisher has died at the age of 60. Fisher was perhaps best known for playing Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars film franchise, but had gone on to work as a screenwriter, producer and author in the years afterwards.
Fisher had suffered a heart attack a few days prior on a commercial airplane traveling from London to Los Angeles, and was transported to a nearby hospital upon arrival. Although she was presumed to be making a recovery, her daughter, Billie Lourde, confirmed her death in a statement this morning, December 27th.
Fischer was among the cast members from the original Star Wars trilogy who had attempted to distance themselves from the blockbuster sci-fi film franchise. In the ’90s and 2000s, she had opened up to the media about her addiction to cocaine and prescription medication and received the Annual Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism from Harvard College in 2016 for her outspokenness on the matter.
While it’s tragic to have to share the news of yet another celebrity’s passing in these final days of 2016, djbios would like to remind our readers to not only mourn the loss of the deceased, but also celebrate their lives as well.