Carrie Fisher has passed away after suffering a heart attack on December 23rd. She was 60 years old.
If you don’t know the story, Carrie Fisher suffered a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles while on her book tour. A paramedic on board the flight performed CPR on her for the remaining 10-15 minutes of the flight and she was reportedly not breathing. She was listed as in “stable condition” as recently as December 26th but has since passed away.
I’m not a huge celebrity guy. I don’t follow celebrity news and I don’t typically react to celebrity deaths but this one is definitely a stinger. I’m a huge Star Wars guy and Carrie Fisher is one of the faces of the franchise. Princess Leia was a staple in so much that I enjoyed growing up. When the sequel trilogy was announced and it was confirmed that Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill would return to reprise their roles, my biggest fear was that they wouldn’t all make it through the series. It sucks that it became a reality.
I honestly can’t say that I’ve ever seen Carrie Fisher in anything not named Star Wars, but she was a refreshing sight whenever I saw an interview or video of her. She was always honest, sassy, witty and pretty funny to listen to. Not to mention she played an iconic female lead role and was a strong advocate for the treatment of mental health and drug addiction. Fisher was a true Hollywood icon and she’ll definitely be missed.
It’ll be interesting to see how Star Wars addresses this moving forward. Filming for Episode VIII concluded over the summer, so her role in that movie will be her complete final performance. It wouldn’t surprise me to see news of potential reshoots in the next couple months because there’s still an entire movie left and, being a major character, her role/absence will need to be addressed. Star Wars will never be the same.
RIP Carrie Fisher. May the force be with you.