Carrie Fisher, iconic 'Star Wars' actress, dies at 60

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Iconic "Star Wars" actress Carrie Fisher is dead, according to People Magazine.

She was 60 years old.

Fisher, who played Princess Leia, was hospitalized after experiencing a heart attack aboard a flight Friday.

She was said to be in stable condition in the hospital ahead of the Christmas holiday, according to The Associated Press.

A statement from Fisher's daughter confirmed the death through a family spokesperson:

“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” the statement read.

“She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

Debbie Reynolds, Fisher's mother, added, "Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter. I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop."

Fisher's "Star Wars" co-star Mark Hamill, who played Leia's brother Luke Skywalker, tweeted Tuesday "no words #devastated."

Harrison Ford released a statement Friday afternoon, "Carrie was one-of-a-kind...brilliant, original."

"Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely...My thoughts are with her daughter Billie, her mother Debbie, her brother Todd, and her many friends. We will all miss her," he said.

Ford played Han Solo alongside Fisher and Hamill in the original "Star Wars" trilogy.

The actress recently published a book, revealing an affair she had with Ford.

Her memoir, "The Princess Diarist," described the pair beginning a romance after attending a birthday party for George Lucas. Fisher stated the affair lasted three months, as Ford was still married to first wife Mary Marquardt.

She was 19 at the time; Ford was 33.

According to her social media accounts, Fisher spent her final week among family and friends, along with her dog Gary.

She was filming TV show "Catastrophe" in London before she left on a plane headed back to Los Angeles Friday.

Fisher revealed in May what she called an "intense" training process ahead of her appearance in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

A documentary film that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May showed footage of her training.

According to World Entertainment News Network, she fought against the strict diet and training by buying soda and allegedly refusing to perform lunge exercises.

Her dog Gary, who has his own Twitter and Instagram pages, responded to her medical complications on social media, before tweeting, "saddest tweets to tweet. Mommy is gone. I love you."

The Associated Press reports Fisher is survived by her daughter Billie Lourd, brother Todd Fisher, and her mother Debbie Reynolds.

Her first feature film debut was opposite Warren Beatty in the 1975 movie "Shampoo."

Fisher was also considered an accomplished writer, authoring a number of books on her life and experience with addiction and mental illness.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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