Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher dies aged 60

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in Star Wars: Episode IV, A New Hope. Pic: Lucasfilm Ltd.

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in Star Wars: Episode IV, A New Hope. Pic: Lucasfilm Ltd. - Credit: AP

Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher has died, days after suffering a heart attack on a transatlantic flight.

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The 60-year-old, who starred as Princess Leia in the sci-fi franchise, was being treated in a hospital intensive care unit after suffering a medical emergency on a London to Los Angeles flight.

Her daughter's publicist Simon Halls today released a statement announcing that the actress and author had died on Tuesday morning.

It said: '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. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.'

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Tributes have been paid from the world of entertainment.

Mark Hamill, who co-starred as Luke Skywalker alongside Fisher in the Star Wars films, tweeted: 'No words #Devastated.'

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Star Trek actor William Shatner tweeted: 'I'm deeply saddened to learn of the death of Carrie Fisher. I will miss our banterings. A wonderful talent & light has been extinguished.'

Actress Whoopi Goldberg said: 'Carrie Fisher has passed, she was funnier & smarter than anyone had the right to be. Sail On Silver Girl. Condolences Debbie & Billie R.I.P.'

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Mia Farrow added: 'Carrie was brilliant, funny and talented. Sending huge love be to her mom, her daughter, Billie and her many friends.'

Fisher appeared as a guest on Graham Norton's show at the beginning of the month to promote her latest memoir titled The Princess Diarist.

Norton tweeted; 'Numb. Unbelievable that such a bright funny loving spark could be extinguished. @carrieffisher you will be missed. I wish you peace.'

Fisher had made headlines recently with a revelation from her book claiming she had an 'intense' affair with her co-star Harrison Ford during the making of Star Wars.

She claimed she had a three-month romance with Ford - a married father-of-two at the time - which she kept secret for 40 years.

She had reportedly had a heart attack on the plane from London to Los Angeles on Friday.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott had said paramedics administered advanced life-saving care to a patient at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Friday and transported the person to a nearby hospital. He did not identify the patient.

United Airlines said a passenger on flight 935 was 'unresponsive'.

A spokeswoman for police at LAX airport said: 'Los Angeles police responded at 12.15pm to Terminal 7 regarding a female victim who went into cardiac arrest.

'Upon arrival the LAFD (Los Angeles Fire Department) was already performing CPR on the victim and the victim was transported to a local hospital for further medical treatment.'

It was reported that Fisher was given CPR by passengers on board before the plane landed at LAX, where paramedics tried to resuscitate her for 15 minutes before finding a pulse.

Fisher, the daughter of Hollywood actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, became an international screen star and sex symbol when she appeared in the 1977 sci-fi blockbuster and its sequels.

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