LOS ANGELES - Carrie Fisher, the actress best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, died Tuesday at the age of 60.
Fisher suffered cardiac arrest Friday on a flight while returning from London. Reports indicate medics performed CPR on her until she was rushed to a hospital. She never regained consciousness.
News of the loss stunned her co-stars. Mark Hamill wrote "no words. #Devastated," on Twitter.
"Carrie and I have been friends most of our adult lives," Modesto native and Star Wars creator George Lucas wrote. "She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved. In Star Wars she was our great and powerful princess - feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than people might think."
Production had wrapped in mid 2016 for the following Star Wars film which features Fisher. No announcements have been made regarding her character in future Star Wars projects.
Fisher was 19 when she starred in the first Star Wars film.