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Tributes pour in following news of Carrie Fisher’s death


Hollywood stars flooded social media with tributes Tuesday as news spread that Carrie Fisher, best known for portraying Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, had died at age 60.

“No words,” Tweeted her Star Wars co-star Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker. “#Devastated.”

In a statement, Harrison Ford, who played Princess Leia’s love interest Han Solo, described Fisher as “one-of-a-kind … brilliant, original.”

“Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely… My thoughts are with her daughter Billie, her Mother Debbie, her brother Todd, and her many friends,” he said. “We will all miss her.”

Other Star Wars cast members also expressed their grief at the loss.

“I thought I had got what I wanted under the tree. I didn’t,” tweeted actor Anthony Daniels, who played droid C-3PO. “In spite of so many thoughts and prayers from so many. I am very, very sad.”

“I’m deeply saddened at the news of Carrie’s passing,” tweeted Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian. “She was a dear friend, whom I greatly respected and admired. The force is dark today!”

Director J.J. Abrams, who directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens where Fisher reprised her role as General Leia Organa, posted a picture of signed note on Twitter, where he said “you didn’t need to meet Carrie Fisher to understand her power.”

“She was just as brilliant and beautiful, tough and wonderful, incisive and funny as you could imagine. What an unfair thing to lose her,” the note said. “How lucky to have been blessed with her at all.”

In statements posted to the official Star Wars website, director George Lucas, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger said they were “deeply saddened” by the news of Fisher’s death, who they said was a “cherished member of the Lucasfilm family … adored by all who knew her for her endearing personality and delightfully sharp wit.”

“Carrie and I have been friends most of our adult lives. She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved,” Lucas wrote. “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 might think.”

“She was Princess Leia to the world but a very special friend to all of us,” said Kennedy. “She had an indomitable spirit, incredible wit, and a loving heart. Carrie also defined the female hero of our age over a generation ago. Her groundbreaking role as Princess Leia served as an inspiration of power and confidence for young girls everywhere. We will miss her dearly.”

It wasn’t just the Star Wars community in mourning. Accolades came from all corners of the entertainment world, including comedian Whoopi Goldberg, who tweeted that Fisher was “funnier & smarter than anyone had the right to be,” and Stephen Fry, who described Fisher as the “brightest, funniest, bravest, kindest, cleverest and sweetest person I ever knew,” adding that her death was a “crushing blow.”

Television hosts who interviewed Fisher over the years praised her for her humour and openness when talking about even the most personal topics.

“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,” tweeted former CNN host Larry King.

“Heartbreaking to hear the news about @carriefisher. She was always one of our favorite guests. She, adorably, had no filter. Bless her,” Tweeted Kathie Lee Gifford.

And in a statement, director Steven Spielberg said he has “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,” the statement said. “I will miss her very much.”

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