After news of Carrie Fisher’s heart attack just before Christmas, fans the world over were given a sense of ease when reports stated that she was in stable condition. Sadly, those reports turned out to be false, and this morning, the beloved actress and cultural icon passed away at the age of 60.
Family spokesman Simon Halls released a statement to PEOPLE on behalf of Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd:
“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” reads the statement.
“She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly,” says Lourd. “Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”
Fisher became an international star at 19 when she played Princess Leia Organa back in 1977. And while she’ll always be best remembered for her role in Star Wars, she was also a part of some other film gems like The Blues Brothers, The ‘burbs, When Harry Met Sally, and Hannah and Her Sisters. She also appeared in cameo roles all over film and television; from Star Wars-themed projects like Fanboys, or projects written by her fans, like Tina Fey on 30 Rock or with Kevin Smith in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. She also saw recent success with her book, The Princess Diarist, which came out just last month.
Additionally, Fisher helped change the conversation about mental illness when she opened up publicly about her own struggles with bipolar disorder, making her a hero to many.
“I have a chemical imbalance that, in its most extreme state, will lead me to a mental hospital… I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on,” she told Diane Sawyer on PrimeTime in 2000.
— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher suffered a heart attack on December 23rd, and unfortunately never recovered. This just seems like one more painful blow in a year full of deaths that took many beloved public figures, her’s may be the most impactful yet. Recently thrust back into the spotlight with the new Star Wars films, fans are sure to take her passing with difficulty.
Our sincerest condolences go out to her family and friends, as we are truly saddened by the news.
Some of the reactions from people who knew her, and those who just wanted to pay their respects…
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 27, 2016
I thought I had got what I wanted under the tree. I didn't. In spite of so many thoughts and prayers from so many. I am very, very sad.
— Anthony Daniels (@ADaniels3PO) December 27, 2016
I'm deeply saddened at the news of Carrie's passing. She was a dear friend, whom I greatly respected and admired. The force is dark today!
— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) December 27, 2016
I'm deeply saddened to learn of the death of Carrie Fisher. I will miss our banterings. A wonderful talent & light has been extinguished.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher was smart, funny, talented, surprising, and always a hell of a fun time to be around. Family Guy will miss her immensely.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) December 27, 2016
When I was a young man, Carrie Fisher was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. She turned out to be witty and bright as well.
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) December 27, 2016
— Bobby Moynihan (@bibbymoynihan) December 27, 2016
No. No. Fuck this shit. Carrie Fisher is a fucking legend and this is bullshit.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) December 27, 2016
It's been overstated, but it's been a difficult, heavy year.
Learning Carrie Fisher has passed breaks my heart as it does so many others.
— Grant Gustin (@grantgust) December 27, 2016
Numb. Unbelievable that such a bright funny loving spark could be extinguished. @carrieffisher you will be missed. I wish you peace.
— graham norton (@grahnort) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher photographed by Douglas Kirkand. 1980s pic.twitter.com/JMNFvw8kFH
— Lost In History (@HistoryToLearn) December 27, 2016
— Lilly (@saccharinesylph) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher's handwritten notes fixing the dialog in Empire Strikes Back. pic.twitter.com/boO68TlXLD
— History In Pictures (@HistoryInPix) December 27, 2016
And finally, on a personal note, one of my favorite bits from Carrie Fisher, and my favorite scene in The Blues Brothers…
“Now I think that this would make for a fantastic obit — so I tell my younger friends that no matter how I go, I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra,” – Carrie Fisher, 2008.