Actress Carrie Fisher died on Tuesday, marking one last middle finger from a year that’s claimed an unusually high number of celebrity fatalities.
Fisher suffered a heart attack on December 23 during a flight from London to LA, and died in hospital on the 27th. She acted in popular films such as The Blues Brothers, The Man with One Red Shoe, Hannah and Her Sisters, and When Harry Met Sally. She is most famous, however, for her role as Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars movies. Aside from acting, she was also a writer, a mental health advocate, and many other things.
People Magazine reports: Family spokesman Simon Halls released a statement to PEOPLE on behalf of Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd:
“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” reads the statement.
“She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly,” says Lourd. “Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”
So, yeah, that’s about it. Hard to write jokes about dead people, especially an actress who had a big part in one of the most important sci-fi franchises in history (though it will be interesting to see how Disney writes around her absence in future films.)
Thoughts and prayers to Carrie Fisher’s friends and family, and may the force be with us.