Carrie Fisher is gone. The actress, who suffered a massive heart attack last week while en route from London to Los Angeles, passed away today at age 60. On behalf of her daughter Billie Lourd, family spokesman, Simon Halls released a statement which reads, in part, that Lourd’s beloved mother passed away at 8:55 this morning. It goes on to say that Fisher was loved by the world and will be missed profoundly. It concludes with the family thanking everyone for their thoughts and prayers. Fisher, who was rushed to a nearby Los Angeles hospital by paramedics, spent Christmas in ICU after going into cardiac arrest while flying from London to Los Angeles on December 23rd.

Of Hollywood royalty and the things stardom is made of

Fisher was the daughter of showbiz veterans Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. She left the tumultuous world of Hollywood and all its trappings to enroll in London’s Central School of Speech and Drama in 1973, where she spent time studying acting. Two years later, Fisher returned home and made her film debut in the movie “Shampoo,” which also starred Warren Beatty. Her biggest break came in 1977 when she was cast in the cult classic “Star Wars.” In addition to a couple of “Star Wars” franchises, Fisher also appeared in the films “The Blues Brothers,” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” and “When Harry Met Sally.” Carrie Fisher made headlines recently after allegedly having had an affair with "Star Wars" co-star Harrison Ford.

Life was not always a bowl of cherries

Carrie Fisher married musician Paul Simon in 1983. However, their union was marred by problems which included Fisher’s bouts with depression, drug use, and issues with insecurities. The two divorced in 1984. A strong advocate for mental health awareness, Fisher was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1985. Carrie Fisher is survived by her daughter Billie, mother Debbie Reynolds, brother Todd Fisher, and sister, actress Joely Fisher.

The year 2016 has been brutal on the entertainment industry with its loss of entertainers in acting and music. The skies are less bright with so many stars missing.

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