Man, we never EVER wanted to have to write this article. Today (Dec 27) Carrie Fisher passed away at the age of 60.
While Carrie was best known for her iconic role as the straight-talking, badass, 'not-gonna-take-any-of-your-shit-today flyboy' Princess Leia in Star Wars - and later General Organa - she was also an important and inspirational voice when it came to mental health and body image, an ally to the LGBTQ+ community, a phenomenal writer and one of the funniest, wittiest, warm-hearted people on the planet.
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Co-stars and other celebrities are reacting to her passing with moving tributes, messages and stories.
There are no words for this loss. Carrie was the brightest light in every room she entered. I will miss her dearly. pic.twitter.com/GgIeYGeMt9— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher got SO MUCH SHIT for being female, getting older, gaining weight, being bipolar, but she still kept her sense of humor. ICON.— Mary Beth Williams (@embeedub) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher spoke openly about her struggles w mental health. To me she was a hero - not only in the stars - but here on Earth as well.— Hannah Hart (@harto) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher dedicated her platform to mental health awareness & female empowerment. She is a reason + reminder to keep up your fight. RIP— h (@halsey) December 27, 2016
My heart today.. I love you Billie. pic.twitter.com/2AhltGzn3P— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) December 27, 2016
We've lost our Princess. pic.twitter.com/N9xMYe6jLT— Gwendoline Christie (@lovegwendoline) December 27, 2016
Carrie's co-star Harrison Ford also released a statement following her passing.
“Carrie was one-of-a-kind…brilliant, original, funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely...We will all miss her.”
We're gonna miss you Carrie.