The galaxy has just lost a little hope. Carrie Fisher, the actress best known for her role as Princess Leia Organa in the "Star Wars" saga, has died after suffering a massive heart attack just before the Christmas holiday. Her family spokesperson, Simon Halls, broke the news earlier to multiple news outlets.

"It is with great sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning," Halls said. He went on to say that Fisher was beloved by all and will be profoundly missed.

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Fisher had been rushed to the hospital Friday after suffering a massive heart attack, later going into cardiac arrest, while on a flight from London to Los Angeles. She had been splitting her time between London and Los Angeles and was filming the British sitcom "Catastrophe" at the time.

Fisher's brother, Todd, had indicated at the time of his sister's heart attack that she had been receiving care from "the very best doctors."

Fisher's legacy

Fisher came from acting royalty – she's the only daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher.

She made her Broadway debut at age 15, but it was her role as Princess Leia Organa in "Star Wars" at age 21 that thrust her into stardom. She would reprise the role in the sequels - "Return of the Jedi" (where Leia's metal bikini made its appearance) and "The Empire Strikes Back." She was absent from the "Star Wars" prequel films - "The Phantom Menace," "Attack of the Clones," and "Revenge of the Sith." She returned to her iconic role, now as General Leia Organa, in 2015 with "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Shortly before her passing, Fisher had completed filming for "Star Wars: Episode VIII."

She leaves behind her daughter, mother, brother Todd, and her half-sisters Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher.

The final film of her career cut short, "Star Wars: Episode VIII," will be released in theaters everywhere on December 15, 2017.

Farewell, Carrie Fisher. The force will always be with you and will always guide you.

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