The 'Star Wars' Cast Reacts To Carrie Fisher's Death With Heartache & Immense Grief
There has been a huge disturbance in the force and in our hearts with the news of Carrie Fisher’s death. Though, fans, friends, and family were already concerned about the 60-year-old star's health following the Dec. 23 news that Fisher had experienced a heart attack while on board a flight from London to Los Angeles, it didn't make the news of her death on Dec. 27 any easier to process. After it was reported by the Associated Press that Fisher was in stable condition at UCLA Medical Center, many of Fisher's Star Wars cast mates and friends wished her a speedy recovery via statements to the press and social media posts. However, Fisher’s health again took an unexpected turn when she passed away on Tuesday, leading those same friends to deliver much more somber statements. The Star Wars cast mourned Carrie Fisher on Tuesday with statements and social media posts, showing what a profound impact she had as a co-star.
As part of a show business family — Fisher is the daughter of late actor Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, and mother to Scream Queens actress Billie Lourd — and part of the Star Wars family, there has been an outpouring of love for Fisher following her death.
Mark Hamill, who played Fisher's twin Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise tweeted that he was "devastated" on Tuesday.
Within minutes of Hamill's post, Anthony Daniels, the actor behind C-3PO, also posted about his grief on Twitter.
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
Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca actor and longtime friend of Fisher, shared a touching tribute.
There are no words for this loss. Carrie was the brightest light in every room she entered. I will miss her dearly. pic.twitter.com/GgIeYGeMt9— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) December 27, 2016
The Force Awakens actress Gwendoline Christie also tweeted in mourning of the late princess.
We've lost our Princess. pic.twitter.com/N9xMYe6jLT— Gwendoline Christie (@lovegwendoline) December 27, 2016
Andy Serkis, who played Snoke in The Force Awakens, also posted a tribute to the late actress.
Dearest Carrie, so incredibly sad to say farewell so soon to such a beautifully honest and unique human being- see you in the multiverse.— Andy Serkis (@andyserkis) December 27, 2016
The man behind Darth Vader's mask Dave Prowse tweeted a sad note Tuesday afternoon.
I am extremely sad to learn of Carrie's passing. She was wonderful to work with. Condolences to her friends, family & fans around the world. pic.twitter.com/DGRYQYPZgO— DARTH VADER (@isDARTHVADER) December 27, 2016
With one emoji, Simon Pegg captured how many of us are feeling.
Billy Dee Williams who played Lando Calrissian in the original Star Wars trilogy tweeted a message about the passing of his longtime cast mate.
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
Warwick Davis, famous for playing Wicket and other Star Wars cameos shared a sweet photo and message.
The Hollywood Reporter quoted Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy about Fisher's passing. Kennedy stated:
The Force Awaken's Lupita Nyong'o shared a sweet picture with Fisher on Instagram.
Star Wars: Episode IX writer and director Colin Trevorrow tweeted a poignant silhouette of Fisher's iconic character.
Harrison Ford released a statement to Bustle on Tuesday following the news of his longtime friend and co-star's death. Ford said:
George Lucas sent a statement to Bustle discussing the passing of his friend who brought life to the princess he created. Lucas said:
The Force Awakens director, JJ Abrams also took to Twitter to mourn Fisher's loss.
Clearly she made an impact on the people she met in life, so her fellow actors know the Star Wars cast wouldn't have been the same without her.