Actress Carrie Fisher of ‘Star Wars’ dies following cardiac arrest

Actress Carrie Fisher , best known for her role as Princess Leia in the ‘Star Wars’ films franchise passed away on Tuesday following a cardiac arrest. She was aged 60, a family spokesman said in a statement.

"It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning. She was loved by the world, and she will be missed profoundly," the statement issued by Simon Halls said.

Fisher was flying from London to Los Angeles on Friday, Dec. 23, when she suffered a cardiac arrest 15 minutes before landing. Paramedics rushed her to a nearby hospital upon arrival, where she was treated for a heart attack. Her health was said to be stable on Christmas day. She later died in the hospital.

Fisher had been in London filming for the third season of sitcom ‘Catastrophe’. She will also be present in ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ which will release in December 2017, reprising her role from the original trilogy, as she did in last year's ‘Episode VII: The Force Awakens’. She also lent her voice to the video game ‘Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ released this year.

Fisher's friend and her former Star Wars' co-star Mark Hamill said in a Facebook post, “Carrie was one-of-a-kind who belonged to us all - whether she liked it or not. She was [sic] OUR Princess, damn it, and the actress who played her blurred into one gorgeous, fiercely independent and ferociously funny, take-charge woman who took our collective breath away.”