Screen icon Carrie Fisher dies following heart attack

Violet Powell
December 28, 2016

"She'd embrace me and kiss me and tell me how much she loves what I'm doing and that makes it very, very special", he said. "For all her fans and friends, I thank you for your prayers and good wishes".

The US actress died in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack during a flight from London to the United States on Friday.

Late actress Carrie Fisher will appear in the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII, it has been confirmed.

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Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, shared a photo with her and said he had "no words". She died Tuesday at age 60.

Meanwhile, Star Trek legend William Shatner remembered his old pal by writing, "I'm deeply saddened to learn of the death of Carrie Fisher".

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- "You had that unmitigated gall to let that chick, the new girl who plays my mother, Queen Amadillo or whatever her name is, she wears a new hairstyle and outfit practically every time she walks through a door".

"Funny and emotionally fearless".

Others highlighted the work she did off screen, especially raising awareness for mental health issues.

"She will be missed profoundly", she said. "Her mother's spirit and talent lives on in her and I'm sure all of Carrie's fans and friends will give her space and privacy".

Mia Farrow added: "Carrie was brilliant, amusing and talented". 'Carrie was one-of-a-kind...brilliant, original, ' Harrison Ford said in a statement to PEOPLE.

As the iconic Leia in Star Wars, she taught generations that a princess can be a resilient, smart and powerful hero. TMZ reported that Gary was on the plane with her and that Fisher's daughter, actress Billie Lourd, brought the dog to go visit Fisher at the hospital.

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