Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher died December 27 of cardiac arrest at a California hospital, TMz is reporting.
Fisher was alive for several day, but she was initially in critical condition on December 23 and stopped breathing for 10 minutes, the site and an eyewitness said. Friends and fans writing on Twitter implored her to “use the force” to get better. The Associated Press reported later in the evening that she was in stable condition, but her brother, Todd Fisher, told Daily Variety that was not true.
She never regained consciousness before dying.
However, on Christmas Day, Fisher’s mother, Debbie Reynolds, broke her silence to tweet that Fisher was in stable condition.
Fisher is best known for her starring turn in the legendary role of Princess Leia in the Star Wars series. She is the daughter of Hollywood legends Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher.
Fans immediately took to Twitter expressing wishes for Fisher and concern about her.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Fisher Suffered the Heart Attack on a Flight From London
According to the Los Angeles Times, Fisher was on a plane from London to Los Angeles when she suffered the “cardiac episode.”
TMZ said that the heart attack occurred 15 minutes before the plane landed in Los Angeles.
2. Fisher’s Plane Was Met By Paramedics When it Landed & She Was Unresponsive
Paramedics met Fisher’s plane when she landed in Los Angeles. She was treated on board the flight with CPR. The 60-year-old actress was rushed to a California hospital.
The Huffington Post said fellow passengers on the airplane performed CPR on Fisher. According to TMZ, flight attendants asked whether anyone on the plane knew CPR and could help the actress in first class, and an EMT on the plane came forward to help.
TMZ said that eyewitnesses said that Fisher appeared unconscious when she was rushed off the plane and was reported as unresponsive when the plane landed.
The Los Angeles Fire Department said she was given “advanced life support, aggressively treated, and transported,” said Daily Variety.
3. Fisher Is in Intensive Care & Reportedly Stopped Breathing for 10 Minutes
Fisher was initially listed in critical condition as a result of the heart attack, according to The Huffington Post. However, her brother Todd Fisher, then told the AP that she was in stable condition, adding that she was “out of emergency” but declining to discuss further details. However, confusing things more, Todd Fisher then told Daily Variety that his sister was not in stable condition.
He said that she was in the intensive care unit, and there was nothing new to report beyond that.
Fisher stopped breathing for 10 minutes after having the heart attack. That account came from actors Anna Akana and Brad Gage, who were on the plane with Fisher.
Akana provided details on Twitter.
Gage wrote on Twitter, “I’m in complete shock. @AnnaAkana and I sat in front of Carrie Fisher on our flight from London and she was just taken off the plane by EMTs.”
4. Fisher Was in London to Promote Her New Book
Daily Variety said that Fisher was in England to promote her book, “The Princess Diarist,” which the Hollywood trade magazine described as “a memoir of her time shooting the Star Wars films.”
5. Carrie Fisher’s Life Has Been Dramatic
In addition to her return to the Star Wars screen, Fisher was recently in the news when she revealed that she had a love affair with Harrison Ford, her Star Wars’ co-star.
Fisher has a daughter named Billie Lourd. Lourd’s father is a Hollywood talent agent named Bryan Lourd. Fisher was previously married to Paul Simon.
She has been outspoken about surviving various addictions and mental health issues.
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