Actress Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in "Star Wars" alongside Harrison Ford, died at age 60 on Tuesday, December 27 at 8:55 a.m. Family spokesperson Simon Halls released a statement on Tuesday on behalf of Billie Lourd, Fisher's only daughter, 24.

Cause of Fisher's death

Fisher died as a result of suffering a heart attack while on United Airlines Flight 935 coming from London to Los Angeles on Friday, December 23. She went into cardiac arrest. She was removed from the flight and rushed to a local hospital and ended up in the intensive care unit where she died four days later.

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Hollywood and people from all over the world were praying for Fisher and hoped that she would get better. She was loved and will be missed by her family, friends, and fans.

Princess Leia

Fisher was best known for her role in "Star Wars" as Princess Leia Organa even though she had other credits to her name. The daughter of celebrities Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher became a celebrity herself by being around celebrity parents. Carrie made her acting debut in 1975 in Warren Beatty's "Shampoo." Her biggest role was in "Star Wars" two years later in 1977. She detailed her Hollywood journey in her recent memoir "The Princess Diarist" that she was promoting when she died.

Carrie Fisher mourned

Hollywood is mourning Carrie Fisher's death. Many celebrities and other people have expressed their grief on social media. Mark Hamill, co-star in "Star Wars" said he was speechless over the news. He says there are no words to express his sorrow. Actor William Shatner of "Star Trek" tweeted that he will miss her. He added that she had a wonderful talent, and the light has been extinguished. Fisher was an advocate for mental health, and comedian Margaret Cho called her a great ally for mental health and addiction.

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Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian in the "Star Wars" franchise, stated what others are thinking. He concluded, "The force is dark today!" Actress Debbie Reynolds wrote on Facebook about her daughter. She thanked everyone for their thoughts and prayers.