Hollywood mourns 'Star Wars' icon Carrie Fisher

Hollywood mourns 'Star Wars' icon Carrie Fisher
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Los Angeles - Co-stars, friends and fans added their voices on Tuesday to a torrent of tributes from Hollywood for "Star Wars" actress Carrie Fisher, after she died at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack.

The screen icon, who was catapulted to worldwide stardom as rebel warrior Princess Leia in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, was pronounced dead in Los Angeles, four days after collapsing on a transatlantic flight.

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Here is a selection of the most notable tributes: 

"Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter. I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop." - Fisher's mother, the actress Debbie Reynolds .

"She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly." - Simon Halls on behalf of Fisher's daughter, actress Billie Lourd .

"Carrie was one-of-a-kind - brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life bravely... We will all miss her." - Harrison Ford (Han Solo) .

"no words #Devastated" - Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) .

"In 'Star Wars' she was our great and powerful princess - feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people think... she will be missed by all." - "Star Wars" creator George Lucas .

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"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 (Lando Calrissian) .

"I thought I had got what I wanted under the tree. I didn't. In spite of so many thoughts and prayers from so many. I am very, very sad." - Anthony Daniels (C3PO) .

"I am extremely sad to learn of Carrie's passing. She was wonderful to work with. Condolences to her friends, family & fans around the world." - David Prowse (Darth Vader) .

"There are no words for this loss. Carrie was the brightest light in every room she entered. I will miss her dearly." - Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) .

Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher dies aged 60

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    Carrie Fisher, who rose to fame as Princess Leia in the Star Wars films and later endured drug addiction and stormy romances with show business heavyweights, died on Tuesday (Dec 27), her daughter said through a family spokesman.

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    Fisher, the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, who died in 2010, had been in England shooting the third season of the British sitcom Catastrophe. She suffered a heart attack during a flight on Friday from London to Los Angeles. She was met by paramedics and rushed to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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    Fisher started her showbiz life in 1989 hit film When Harry Met Sally, as a memorable supporting role. Summing up the showbiz legacy she expected to leave behind in her 2011 memoir "Shockaholic," Fisher wrote in self-deprecating style: "What you'll have of me after I journey to that great Death Star in the sky is an extremely accomplished daughter, a few books, and a picture of a stern-looking girl wearing some kind of metal bikini lounging on a giant drooling squid, behind a newscaster informing you of the passing of Princess Leia after a long battle with her head."

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    But her life was also mired at times in substance abuse, mental illness and tumultuous romances with other entertainment figures, all of which he laid bare in her books, interviews and a one-woman stage show titled "Wishful Drinking."

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    Fisher's friend and former Star Wars' co-star Mark Hamill said in a tweet: "No words. #Devastated"

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    Her death came a month after the actress and author made headlines by disclosing that she had a three-month love affair with her Star Wars co-star Harrison Ford (extreme right) 40 years ago.

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    "It was so intense," Fisher told People. "It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend."

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    Shortly after news of her death was made public, her dog Gary, who has his own Twitter account, said goodbye: "Saddest tweets to tweet. Mommy is gone. I love you @carrieffisher."

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    Fisher wrote her bestselling novel, Postcards from the Edge, about a drug-abusing actress forced to move back in with her mother. She later adapted the book into a film that starred Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.

"I have always stood in awe of Carrie. Her observations always made me laugh and gasp at the same time. She didn't need The Force. She was a force of nature, of loyalty and of friendship. I will miss her very much." - Veteran director and producer Steven Spielberg .

"I'm deeply saddened to learn of the death of Carrie Fisher. I will miss our banterings. A wonderful talent & light has been extinguished." - "Star Trek" actor William Shatner .

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"Millions fell in love with her as the indomitable Princess Leia; she will always have a special place in the hearts of 'Star Wars' fans as well as all of us who were lucky enough to know her personally." - Bob Iger, head of The Walt Disney Company .

"Carrie Fisher has passed, she was funnier&smarter than anyone had the right to be. Sail On Silver Girl. Condolences Debbie & Billie R.I.P." - Actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg, who co-starred with Fisher in "Soapdish" "@CarrieFisher was a brilliant writer, actor, and friend. She was so much fun. I can't believe she's gone." - US talk show host and actress Ellen DeGeneres .

"We just lost a great ally for mental health and addiction. Be strong, be as (strong) as she'd want you to be. Rest in paradise." - Comedian Margaret Cho .

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