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Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher died early today, Tuesday, days after suffering a heart attack on Friday, December 23.  She was 60.

A family spokesman, Simon Halls, said Ms. Fisher died at 8:55 a.m.

Carrie Fisher, famous for her role as Princess Leia in ‘Star Wars’ and also the subject of the documentary Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds suffered a massive heart attack Friday on a flight from London to Los Angeles and had been hospitalized in Los Angeles.

The documentary Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival is set to open the 2017 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (BSDFF) next February in Missoula, Montana.  In the documentary, Carrie Fisher and her mom Debbie Reynolds are now the best of friends (they live steps away from each other in their Beverly Hills compound) and the very definition of Hollywood royalty. But unlike today’s newly minted celebrities, they are both open books. After six decades of screen and stage stardom; a couple of disastrous marriages and assorted financial ups and downs for Reynolds; and, for Fisher, well-publicized drug addiction, bipolar disorder, and deity status , neither has anything left to hide. Bright Lights is an affectionate, often hilarious, and unexpectedly moving valentine to the mother-daughter act to end all mother-daughter acts.

Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company, issued a statement on Carrie Fisher’s passing, “Carrie Fisher was one-of-a-kind, a true character who shared her talent and her truth with us all with her trademark wit and irreverence. Millions fell in love with her as the indomitable Princess Leia; she will always have a special place in the hearts of Star Wars fans as well as all of us who were lucky enough to know her personally. She will be sorely missed, and we join millions of fans and friends around the world who mourn her loss today,” said Bob Iger, chairman and chief executive officer, The Walt Disney Company.

Her survivors include her mother; her brother, Todd; her daughter, Billie Lourd, from a relationship with the talent agent Bryan Lourd; and her half sisters, Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher, the daughters of Eddie Fisher and Connie Stevens.

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