Carrie Fisher dies aged 60

The Star Wars actress suffered a major hart attack on a plane last week

Carrie Fisher dies aged 60

File photo of Carrie Fisher | Image: Ian West PA Wire/PA Images

Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher has died at the age of 60, four days after suffering a heart attack on a flight to Los Angeles.

The American, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the films, died in hospital where she had been receiving treatment after becoming unwell on the flight from London.

A statement from family spokesman Simon Halls said: "It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8.55 this morning."
 
Doctors and nurses on board the aircraft performed CPR on the actress and paramedics met the flight at Los Angeles international airport.

She had been on a tour to promote her new book, The Princess Diarist, in the UK and had recorded an interview for The Graham Norton Show.
 
Fisher made her film debut opposite Warren Beatty in the 1975 hit Shampoo, and was also an author who detailed her experience with addiction and mental illness in several best-selling books.

She is survived by her brother, Todd Fisher, and her mother actress Debbie Reynolds.