"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 announced in a statement. "She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly," added Lourd, Fisher's only child.
While Fisher was perhaps most famous for her role as Princess Leia, which she began when she was only 19, she also made a name for herself in Hollywood as a script doctor, working on the screenplays for Sister Act, Last Action Hero, and The Wedding Singer. The daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, she had a tumultuous life that included struggles with addiction from a young age and often spoke about her bipolar disorder. She wrote a semi-autobiographical novel, Postcards From the Edge, that was turned into a movie, and a one-woman show about her life_,_ Wishful Drinking, that became a best-selling book.
The actress had been promoting her latest memoir, The Princess Diarist, in London before she suffered her heart attack last Friday. She's survived by her mother, Debbie Reynolds, and Billie, her daughter with talent agent Bryan Lourd.