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Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher dies in hospital aged 60 after suffering massive heart attack

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Credits: Getty Images © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty Images Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher has died in hospital aged 60 after suffering a massive heart attack.

She fell ill on a United Airlines flight last week and died in hospital in LA.

Family spokesman Simon Halls released a statement on behalf of Carrie's daughter, Billie Lourd, which confirmed the tragic news.

"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. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers."

Fisher, 60, suffered heart problems during a flight on Friday 23rd December from London, where she had been shooting the third season of the British television comedy Catastrophe.

The legendary actress, who played Princess Leia in the famous sci-fi franchise, was cared for by concerned passengers.

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According to TMZ, about 15 minutes before landing in LA a flight attendant asked if there were any medical personnel on board.

Someone described as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) who was sitting in the back of the plane came up to First Class and is said to have administered life-saving measures.

The United Airlines plane landed shortly after noon local time at Los Angeles International Airport following an 11-hour flight.

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Carrie, who was in London to promote her latest book The Princess Diaris, was then rushed to a nearby hospital by paramedics.

Actress Anna Akana was on board the flight when Fisher went into medical distress and she described the upsetting scene in a series of tweets.

She said Fisher stopped breathing and was helped by a doctor and nurse who happened to be on board.

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Akana, 27, wrote: "Don't know how else to process this but Carrie Fisher stopped breathing on the flight home. Hope she's gonna be OK.

"So many thanks to the United flight crew who jumped into action, and the awesome doctor and nurse passengers who helped."

Akana wrote that Fisher wasn't breathing "for 10 minutes or so" and CPR was administered until the plane landed.

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The Los Angeles-born star, who is the daughter of famous Hollywood couple Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, made her acting debut in comedy Shampoo in 1975 alongside Warren Beaty, Julie Christie and Goldie Hawn.

Her career then sky rocketed when she landed the role as Princess Leia in sci-fi blockbuster Star Wars opposite Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford.

She recently revealed she had an affair with co-star Ford during filming, which she described as being “so intense”.

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"It was so intense. It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend," she said.

After starring in The Blues Brothers film with Dan Ackroyd, in 1980 she reprised her role as Princess Leia in The Empire Strikes Back.

In 1983 she was back for the Return of the Jedi.

Last year, she once again reprised the role for Star Wars: The Force Awakens along with Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill.

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The mum-of-one also starred in When Harry Met Sally, Drop Dead Fred, Sorority Row and more.

As well as acting, Carrie has written a number of books, including four novels and three memoirs.

One of her most famous, Postcards From The Edge, which is a semi-autobiographical novel about a movie actress who tries to put her life together following a drug overdose, was turned into a film.

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Over the years she's spoken openly about her struggles with mental health, saying it took her four years to accept that she had bipolar disorder.

The actress was diagnosed with the mental health condition, that is marked by sharp mood swings at the age of 24, but she was initially unwilling to accept the situation.

She shared: "I was told that I was bipolar when I was 24 but was unable to accept that diagnosis until I was 28 when I overdosed and finally got sober. Only then was I able to see nothing else could explain away my behaviour."

Carrie subsequently started attending Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) as she finally came to terms with her own troubles.

She was previously married to singer Paul Simon and talent agent Bryan Lourd, and has one daughter, Billie Catherine Lourd.

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