Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher 'stable' after major heart attack
LEON NEAL (AFP/Archives)
Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher is reported to be in “stable condition,” her mother said Sunday, after suffering a major heart attack aboard a United Airlines flight Friday.
The 11-hour flight from London to Los Angeles was 15 minutes away from landing when Fisher collapsed. Witnesses report she was unresponsive and not breathing.
Upon landing she was rushed to UCLA medical Center and placed on a ventilator. She was moved from the emergency room to the Intensive Care Unit where she has remained since late Friday.
Fisher is iconic for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars saga and she is the Hollywood offspring of another iconic movie star, Debbie Reynolds, and singer Eddie Fisher.
Reynolds’ mother tweeted an update on Sunday about her daughter’s condition:
Carrie is in stable condition.If there is a change,we will share it. For all her fans & friends. I thank you for your prayers & good wishes. pic.twitter.com/isXJqqFEB6— Debbie Reynolds (@DebbieReynolds1) December 25, 2016
Fisher had been in London filming for the third season of British comedy Catastrophe and promoting her latest book.
Known for endearingly honest semi-autobiographical novels, Fisher had just released a memoir titled The Princess Diarist, composed of excerpts from her personal diaries, in which she reveals an affair with then married Star Wars co-star Harrison Ford. A secret she kept for nearly forty years.
Ford has responded to the news of Fisher’s heart attack stating, “I am shocked and saddened to hear the news about my dear friend,” in a statement to the Associated Press.
Other Star Wars costars have also expressed their grief and well wishes, including Mark Hamill, famously known for playing her on-screen twin brother, Luke Skywalker and Peter Mayhew who played the role of Chewbacca.
Many other fans and friends have offered their hope for a full recovery taking to Twitter with the hashtag, now trending, #MayTheForceBeWithHer.
(Staff with agencies)
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