Tuesday became a day of complete heartbreak when the iconic Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher has died at the age of 60. On Dec. 23, Fisher was taken to hospital when she went into cardiac arrest while flying from London to Los Angeles. Despite being revived by paramedics, the actor died in hospital. Fisher's death comes as a shock to fans of the author and performer, who had most recently been promoting her latest book, The Princess Diarist. Fisher is survived by her daughter, Billie Lourd.
Lourd's publicist released the following statement to Bustle,
Clearly, this is an awful time for all of Fisher's family, particularly since the actor was only 60 years old. Having completed filming for Star Wars: Episode VIII in the summer, Fisher had shown no signs of slowing down. Her prolific work ethic, and talent as an author, meant that her career went from strength to strength for decades. She leaves an impressive legacy behind her.
Lourd is also an actor, most recognizable for her role as Chanel No. 3 on Scream Queens. Her character even wears a pair of earmuffs in homage to her mother's famed Princess Leia hairstyle. Lourd also had a small role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and looks set to follow in her mother's footsteps with her burgeoning acting career.
Fisher was known for posting copious amounts of tweets, and often referenced Lourd on Twitter. Clearly, the actor was proud of her daughter's success, and, on Oct. 2016, Fisher wrote of Lourd, "She's MUCH more than my kid. Witty & pretty, I aspire 2 deserve her." It appears that the pair had an extremely strong bond, and Fisher was enjoying watching Lourd win roles in movies and TV shows.
Our thoughts go out to Lourd at this terrible time. Fisher was an icon, whose outspoken honesty, unforgettable acting, and sense of humor will be sadly missed.