Carrie Fisher, actress most known for her iconic role as Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" franchise, died Tuesday in Los Angeles days after suffering a massive heart attack. She was 60.
A spokesperson confirmed the news Tuesday in a statement: "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."
Fisher went into cardiac arrest during a flight traveling from London to LAX, according to TMZ who was first to report the news. The actress was administered CPR until the planed landed. Paramedics then rushed Fisher to a nearby hospital just after noon in Los Angeles.
Fisher, who had been on a book tour promoting her memoir "The Princess Diarist," was in London filming the last season of the U.K. comedy "Catastrophe."
Born into a showbiz family, Fisher is the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher. Half sisters Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher are actresses also and brother Todd Fisher is a Hollywood producer.
"Scream Queens" actress Billie Lourd is Fisher's only child with ex-husband Brian Lourd, a top Hollywood agent at CAA.
Fisher is also known for her semi-autobiographical novel "Postcards from the Edge," which was made into a movie starring Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine and Dennis Quaid.
Her other notable film roles include "Shampoo" (1975), "The Blues Brothers" (1980), "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986), "The 'Burbs" (1989), and "When Harry Met Sally" (1989).
She had a widely reported battle with substance abuse throughout her life, and Fisher was hospitalized in 2013 for complications from bipolar disorder.