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Stars Wars fans pay tribute to iconic actress


12-29-2016 00:51 BJT

Carrie Fisher, who rose to fame as Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" films and later endured drug addiction before going on to tell her story as a best-selling author, died on Tuesday at the age of 60. Star Wars fans gathered in Los Angeles to pay tribute to the late actress. 

Carrie Fisher, a mental health advocate who spoke about her own struggles with bipolar disorder and cocaine addiction, suffered a heart attack on Friday, December 23rd, as she flew into Los Angeles. 

The daughter of actor Debbie Reynolds and the late singer Eddie Fisher was returning from England where she had been shooting for the third season of the British sitcom "Catastrophe."

Carrie Fisher died on Tuesday at the age of 60.

Carrie Fisher died on Tuesday at the age of 60.

 On Hollywood Boulevard, movie fans paid tribute to Fisher, who became famous for her role in the "Star Wars" films.

"Yeah, many people, a lot of people are sad and they actually want to take photos with us in remembrance of Carrie and you know one thing we know for sure, the force is with you Carrie. We love you."

"I was devastated, absolutely devastated. It was a complete shock, I heard that she was on the mend so, I mean, she was a big part of my childhood as well as many others. I always grew up with Star Wars, I remember my dad getting me into it and she was just a great person in general."

Fisher gained sex symbol status in the early 1980's, when her Leia character wore a metallic gold bikini in "Return of the Jedi." 

She returned to the big screen last year for "The Force Awakens," after Disney relaunched the "Star Wars" franchise. Her role as General Leia Organa, leader of the Resistance movement fighting the evil First Order earned her international acclaim. 

Fisher's Princess Leia also made a surprise appearance at the end of "Rogue One," the latest blockbuster in the "Star Wars" series, which debuted earlier this month.

Fisher's last appearance as Leia in "Star Wars: Episode VIII" was completed in July. The film will hit theaters in December 2017. 

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