American actress, best-selling author and screenwriter Carrie Fisher -- who suffered from numerous addictions she later turned into writing gold -- died at the age of 60 on Tuesday.
Born in Los Angeles in October 1956, the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher became an international star overnight with the release of "Star Wars" in 1977.
The blockbuster space saga is now part of pop culture legend and a worldwide fan favorite. Fisher was back in the spotlight after reprising her iconic role in 2015's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
Tributes began pouring in soon after news of her death spread on social media, led by "Star Wars" co-stars Mark Hamill -- Luke Skywalker in the saga -- who initially tweeted that he was "devastated" and had "no words."
"It's never easy to lose such a vital, irreplaceable member of the family, but this is downright heartbreaking," he said later. "Carrie was one-of-a-kind who belonged to us all -- whether she liked it or not."
"Star Wars" creator George Lucas called Fisher "extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved."
The legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg described her as "a force of nature, of loyalty and of friendship" while Walt Disney Company chief Bob Iger said she was "a true character who shared her talent and her truth with us all."