The world mourned today as news spread that Carrie Fisher, who rose to fame as Star Wars' Princess Leia Organa, passed away at 60 after suffering a massive heart attack while on a flight from London to Los Angeles. People confirmed Fisher's passing this afternoon, citing a statement from Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd that read, "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."
Despite the fact that Fisher is best known for her role as Princess Leia, the actress wore many hats in Hollywood, including writer. She was in the middle of a book tour to promote her latest memoir, The Princess Diarist, when she passed away. Fisher was also an advocate for mental health based on her own struggles, frequently speaking out at conventions and in interviews about her own experiences.
It's no surprise that Hollywood is struggling to process Fisher's sudden passing just as much as her fans are. In the wake of the news, many stars took to Twitter to mourning the iconic star who was, by all means, a princess in her own right.
If I heard Carrie Fisher was going to make an appearance I wanted to see it. U know ur special when Meryl Streep plays YOU in a movie. RIP.— billy eichner (@billyeichner) December 27, 2016
I met Carrie Fisher at a premiere once. She was kind and gracious, had her daughter with her.— Mara Wilson (@MaraWilson) December 27, 2016
No. No. Fuck this shit. Carrie Fisher is a fucking legend and this is bullshit.— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) December 27, 2016
R.I.P. Carrie Fisher. Seeing her again on talk shows was such a thrill. So hilarious & fearless when she was being herself.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 27, 2016
Kendrick's Pitch Perfect co-star, Elizabeth Banks, also shared her thoughts.
#CarrieFisher was so witty and provocative and unrelentingly interesting. Goddamn, I loved her. Everyone did.— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) December 27, 2016
1 time a friend said I had a "Carrie Fisher appeal"& it was one of the greatest compliments I've ever been paid. Rest in peace, my hero girl— mae whitman (@maebirdwing) December 27, 2016
While Fisher undoubtably had an effect on everyone who ever came across her or her work, many stars understand what her journey meant in terms of paving the way for a woman to work in the business.
"There is no room for demons, when you're already self-possessed." -Carrie Fisher— Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher has passed, she was funnier&smarter than anyone had the right to be. Sail On Silver Girl. Condolences Debbie & Billie— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher. RIP. What a talent. What a year. pic.twitter.com/yEFfv2GN6K— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) December 27, 2016
Prince, George Michael, and now Carrie Fisher.....I feel like my youth is disappearing before my eyes. Never felt so old...... #RIP— Nick Lachey (@NickLachey) December 27, 2016
Fisher's death comes at the end of what many have called the worst year for celebrity deaths, with iconic stars such as Prince, George Michael, Alan Rickman, Gene Wilder, and Florence Henderson passing away unexpectedly.
R.I.P. Carrie Fisher. A brilliantly funny, talented woman. We will miss your humor now more than ever.— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) December 27, 2016
I'm sitting in stunned silence learning of the death of #CarrieFisher. In what has been a particularly sad year this may be the hardest. RIP— Josh Gad (@joshgad) December 27, 2016
From her Twitter presence to her ability to embrace her unexpected fame, Fisher's openness about everything from her family life to her mental illness was a breath of fresh air in this age of celebrity.
I can't believe Carrie Fisher's gone. Heart goes out to her family. Terrible. Fuck 2016.— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) December 27, 2016
Though Fisher is obviously best known for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars (a role she reprised in the recent installment, 2015's The Force Awakens), the actress starred in other movie and television shows such as Hannah And Her Sisters, When Harry Met Sally, The Blues Brothers, Charlie's Angels, and Shampoo.
Amazing princess. Kickass warrior. Incredible writer. Kind soul. My first crush at 6. RIP Carrie Fisher...galaxies of fans mourn your loss.— Chris Hardwick (@hardwick) 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
Such a sad day for her family, friends and millions of fans. Carrie Fisher is deeply missed.— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) December 27, 2016
Well 2016 is officially the worst. RIP Carrie Fisher. Thank you for inspiring generations of young women to kick ass. Truly an icon.— Chloe Bennet (@ChloeBennet4) December 27, 2016
As news of Fisher's death spread, the outpouring of comments on social media became more widespread, as everyone from talk show hosts to musicians to authors shared their reactions.
Carrie Fisher you were a force throughout your life. And went away too soon dammit. RIP. And 2016 you suck.— Connie Britton (@conniebritton) December 27, 2016
It didn't matter how young or old you were — Fisher was a part of your life in some way, as so many celebrities have shared.
Carrie Fisher didn't make it. I am so terribly sorry, and send my sincere condolences to her family, friends and fans all around the world.— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) December 27, 2016
We've lost a true gem with Carrie Fisher's passing. Her humor, talent and brutal honesty were gifts to the world. Her voice will be missed.— Larry King (@kingsthings) December 27, 2016
It's Hollywood lore, loss of our youth, loss of a movie crush, wonder at her marvelous literary reinvention and full, short life. Carrie F.— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 27, 2016
Clearly, Fisher touched many lives throughout her own life and career.