Carrie Fisher, best known for her portrayal as Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” franchise, has died. She suffered a massive heart attack while on an airliner in route between London and Los Angeles and was saved, at least for a while, by an EMT who happened to be on the same flight. She was placed in intensive care at a nearby hospital and the last reports were that she was in stable condition. The hopes of tens of millions of “Star Wars” fans were thus buoyed by the notion that this deadliest year of 2016 would not have Fisher and that the force, to coin a phrase, would be with her.

Fisher appeared in one major film in 1975, Warren Beatty’s “Shampoo,” in which she made a rude and lewd suggestion to Beatty’s character.

She was in other non-Star Wars films such as “The Blues Brothers,” in which she played the put upon and lethal former girlfriend of John Belushi’s character.

But Carrier Fisher will always be remembered for Princess Leia, the heroic rebel leader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, who wound up being rescued by Luke Skywalker and Han Solo after seeing her planet destroyed by the Death Star. Her character was as adroit with a blaster as she was with the cutting quip. Millions of fan boys loved Princess Leia. Millions of fan girls wanted to be her.

To say that Carrie Fisher embraced the Hollywood lifestyle of uninhibited drinking, drugging, and sex would be to put the matter mildly. Part of what drove her was a struggle with bi-polar disorder.

In later years she concentrated her efforts behind the cameras and was the author of a number of books, some of them memoirs that were frank discussions of the struggles of her youth. One interested recent revelation was that she, from time to time, hooked up with “Star Wars” fans at science fiction convention, whom she fondly remembered as “enthusiastic.” She also had an affair with costar Harrison Ford during the filming of the original Movies.

If the good wishes and prayers of fans had power, Carrie Fisher would have walked out of that hospital. But it was not to be and now she is gone.

Fisher reprised her role as Princess Leia in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and will appear in “Star Wars: Episode VIII” which is currently in post production and will be released in late 2017.

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