15:00 29 December 2016
Hollywood actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars series, has died aged 60, days after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Fisher had been on tour promoting her latest book, The Princess Diarists. On Friday, minutes before her plane lands, she was taken ill and received first aid before she was taken to the hospital.
Her death was confirmed by her spokesman Simon Halls. He said: "It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8.55 (16:55 GMT) this morning.
"She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers."
Stars and fans quickly paid tribute following the news of her death.
Star Wars co-star Mark Hamill took to Twitter simply writing: "No words #devastated".
Series creator George Lucas said she was "extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colourful personality that everyone loved".
Fisher made her film debut opposite Warren Beatty in 1975’s Shampoo. Aside from the Star Wars series, she also appeared in The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally and Hannah and Her Sisters.
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