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Star Wars’ Carrie Fisher Dead at 60

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Published on: December 27, 2016

Carrie Fisher, the actress best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars saga, has died at the age of 60.

“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” family spokesperson Simon Halls told People.

“She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers,” Halls confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter.

Rolling Stone repored, “Fisher suffered a heart attack last week aboard a Los Angeles-bound flight 15 minutes prior to landing. A medic onboard performed CPR on the actress until paramedics arrived to take her to UCLA Medical Center, where she was placed on a ventilator.”

“Carrie and I have been friends most of our adult lives,” Star Wars creator George Lucas said in a statement. “She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved. 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. My heart and prayers are with Billie, Debbie and all Carrie’s family, friends and fans. She will be missed by all.”

“Carrie was one-of-a-kind, brilliant, original,” Harrison Ford, who played Han Solo alongside Fisher, added in a statement. “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. We will all miss her.”

Fisher’s Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi co-star Billy Dee Williams tweeted:

Her co-star Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, tweeted this out upon hearing the news.

Fisher had just recreated her character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and had completed all her scenes for Episode 8. She was also expected to reprise her role in Episode 9 as well.

She had at least 90 films to her credit during her lifetime.

Fisher’s death follows a host of famous people who have died in 2016, including musician Prince, as well as singer/songwriter George Michael, who died on Christmas day.

While I did not care for the ideology of The Force, which was largely influenced by Buddhism, I did like the saga for the story of the fight against tyranny, but even more so, there were always inner struggles that humans face, mainly dealing with deception and sin, though in the films it is referred to as “the dark side.”

There is only one way to deal with both sin and tyranny and that is to be freed of both by the Son of God, Jesus Christ. It was Christ who said, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).

One thing we would all do well to do is to heed the words of Scripture.

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. –Hebrews 9:27

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