According to TMZ, “Star Wars” icon Carrie Fisher suffered what is being described as a “major heart attack” on Friday aboard an airplane going from London to Los Angeles. The emergency happened shortly before the plane landed, and an EMT who was aboard the flight was able to administer care before the actress and writer could be taken to a hospital. This story is still at the moment developing, so we’ll have some more news as it breaks.
In addition to being known for the George Lucas-created film franchise as Princess Leia, Fisher’s TV credits include “Smallville,” “Weeds,” “Catastrophe,” and “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.” (The photo above is from her appearance on the Bravo series.)
She’s also done voice-acting on several different episodes of “Family Guy” over the years, just as her fellow “Star Wars” co-star in Mark Hamill is also a prolific voice actor as the Joker on the Batman animated series. She’s been exceptionally busy as of late promoting a book, and of course has many “Star Wars” duties coming in the new year.
As almost everyone out there knows, 2016 has been a very difficult year when it comes to losing legends, given that such icons as Prince, David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Alan Thicke (just to name a few) are no longer with us. Recently, legends tied to the world of space exploration have in particular been in peril; we lost famed astronaut John Glenn recently, and before him Buzz Aldrin suffered a major health scare while in Antarctica. Hopefully, Fisher will be able to recover from this; her work means so much to so many people out there, and even outside of this she is beloved by many close to her and she’s had an extraordinary life. We know that her contributions to space are in the fictional realm, but they do still matter when it comes to being an inspiration for many people out there considering a career in science.
Our thoughts are with Fisher and her loved ones. (Photo: Bravo.)