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, has died, her daughter says through a family spokesman.
"It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning," Lourd said in a statement issued by Simon Halls on Tuesday.
"She was loved by the world, and she will be missed profoundly." Fisher was 60 years old.
Fisher, who had been in England shooting the third season of the British sitcom Catastrophe, 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.
Fisher gained sex symbol status in 1983's Return of the Jedi when her Leia character wore a metallic gold bikini while enslaved by the diabolical Jabba the Hutt.
She returned last year in Disney's reboot of the Star Wars franchise, The Force Awakens" appearing as General Leia Organa, leader of the Resistance movement fighting the evil First Order.