On Tuesday, Dec. 27, the world learned of another great loss when the death of Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher was announced. Known most for her role as Princess Leia, Fisher died at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack while on a flight from London to Los Angeles. Her daughter's representative said in a statement to Bustle, "It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning." When thinking of how to honor her, you might be wondering when Carrie Fisher's funeral will be.
Fisher was in the hospital for several days after going into cardiac arrest, and had reportedly been in stable condition prior to her death. She is survived by her daughter, Billie Lourd; her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds; a brother and two half siblings. However, none of her relatives have yet to announce when a funeral might be held. Bustle has reached out to Fisher's representatives for additional comment.
In the meantime, many fans who loved Fisher have posted tributes to her online, referring to the Star Wars legacy she left behind. "May the Force be with you," one person wrote on Twitter, while others called for her to have a royal funeral or for everyone with stormtrooper suits to pay their respects.
To all of Carrie Fisher's friends, family and loved ones: she left a legacy to millions. May the force be with you. https://t.co/qUhWWcVCnX— MANFACE (@manfaceUK) December 27, 2016
Born in 1956, Fisher was so much more than her 1977 breakout role as Princess Leia. She appeared in The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally, and other films, but she also wrote several books, including Postcards from the Edge and Wishful Drinking. Fisher also brought a beautiful honesty to her public life that likely deeply helped many of her fans. She was open about her struggles with addiction and was a strong mental health advocate. "I have a chemical imbalance that, in its most extreme state, will lead me to a mental hospital ... I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on," she once said.
To honor Fisher in a greater way than you could do at her funeral, act as she would have throughout her life. Be open, be honest, support those with addictions and mental health problems — and ask for help when you need it. In those ways will you remember Fisher the best you can.