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Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher dies at 60

Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher dies at 60

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Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher who rose to fame as Princess Leia in the film has died at 60, days after suffering a cardiac arrest, People magazine reported.

Family spokesman Simon Halls released a statement which read: “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning.”

Fisher was flying from London to Los Angeles on Friday, Dec. 23, when she went into cardiac arrest. Paramedics removed her from the flight and rushed her to a nearby hospital, where she was treated for a heart attack.

The daughter of showbiz veteran Debbie Reynolds and entertainer Eddie Fisher, Fisher was brought up in the sometimes tumultuous world of film, theatre and television.

Escaping Hollywood in 1973, the star enrolled in the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, where she spent over a year studying acting.

During her life, Fisher endured drug addiction and stormy romances with show business heavyweights.

Fisher is survived by her mom Reynolds, daughter Lourd and beloved French bulldog, Gary.

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