One of the stars of the Star Wars movies, 60-year old Carrie Fisher, is in critical condition at the UCLA Medical Center after suffering a cardiac arrest on a flight from London, England, to Los Angeles. After landing at LAX paramedics from the Los Angeles Fire Department administered CPR and rushed her to the hospital.
Fisher, the daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, is best known for her roles in the first three Star Wars movies as Princess Leia Organa, a role she reprised for the two most recent Star Wars movies. She was also in Shampoo, The Blue Brothers Movie, Hannah and Her Sisters, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and number of other notable and not so notable films.
According to news reports Fisher was on United flight 935 from London. Medical personnel responded to call from the airlines that a passenger was “unresponsive.” Fellow passengers that are medically trained administered CPR until the LAFD took over shortly after the plane landed, just after noon, local time.
Fisher’s brother Todd told the Associated Press his sister is out of emergency and is in stable condition. Fisher’s daughter Billie and dog Gary were at the hospital with her.
There is a lot of love and support pouring in on social media, especially Twitter, where her dog also has an account. Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbaca in the Star Wars films, tweeted, “thoughts and prayers for our friend and everyone’s favorite princess right now.” and Mark Hamill, who played Princes Leia’s brother Luke Skywalker, tweeted, “as if 2016 couldn’t get any worse… sending all our love to @carrieffisher.”
A man tweeted, “Carrie Fisher survived: • Alcoholism • Drug Addiction • Depression & • Bipolar Disorder If anyone can survive 2016, it’s her” Another tweeted, “Dear 2016: This is not the princess you are looking for. Move along. Move along. #carriefisher” Another tweet read, “The Force is with you Carrie Fisher. The galaxy sends you hope. The fans send you love. #CarrieFisher #prayforcarrie”
Top photo: Carrie Fisher on the “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (YouTube)
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