The news broke just this evening (27th December) that Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher has passed away.
The actress was best-known for playing Princess Leia in the hit sci fi franchise. She died of a heart attack.
Hollywood has been in mourning since hearing of the news, and it is clear the actress inspired and was a friend to many.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 27, 2016
I'm deeply saddened to learn of the death of Carrie Fisher. I will miss our banterings. A wonderful talent & light has been extinguished.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) December 27, 2016
Carrie was my friend. It took me three series but I got her in the end. She was the most generous, fun, gifted, smart, kind, funny funny funny person I've ever met. She certainly wasn't ready to go. I'm so glad we became pals. I'm so devastated at her loss. I want to write about her more but I can't process yet.
We've lost a true gem with Carrie Fisher's passing. Her humor, talent and brutal honesty were gifts to the world. Her voice will be missed.
— Larry King (@kingsthings) December 27, 2016
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 27, 2016
— Joan Collins (@Joancollinsdbe) December 27, 2016
Numb. Unbelievable that such a bright funny loving spark could be extinguished. @carrieffisher you will be missed. I wish you peace.
— graham norton (@grahnort) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher has passed, she was funnier&smarter than anyone had the right to be. Sail On Silver Girl. Condolences Debbie & Billie
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) December 27, 2016
— Bobby Moynihan (@bibbymoynihan) December 27, 2016
— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) December 27, 2016
She was the brightest, funniest, bravest, kindest, cleverest and sweetest person I ever knew. A crushing blow to lose @carrieffisher
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) December 27, 2016
May her soul rest in eternal peace, as we return her to the heavens, in a galaxy far, far away. pic.twitter.com/6lkgcHam0J
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 27, 2016
No. No. Fuck this shit. Carrie Fisher is a fucking legend and this is bullshit.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) December 27, 2016
Fuck this year. Fuck this whole sick, worthless cruel prank of a year. #RIPCarrieFisher
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 27, 2016
I'm deeply saddened at the news of Carrie's passing. She was a dear friend, whom I greatly respected and admired. The force is dark today!
— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) December 27, 2016
*UPDATE* Harrison Ford has now also released a statement on the news of his co-star's death via Variety, saying: 'Carrie was one-of-a-kind…brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely.' Ford went on to say that his thoughts were with Fisher’s mother Debbie Reynolds, daughter Billie Lourd, and brother Todd Fisher. He concluded: 'We will all miss her.'