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Carrie Fisher has died

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Update 6pm, 27th December

In a statement released today, Carrie Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd has confirmed that the actress sadly passed away this morning.

Of her mother, Lourd said, "She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers."

Our thoughts are with her family and friends. The film world mourns yet another lost legend.


Update 12am, 24th December

Carrie Fisher's brother has told The Associated Press that his sister is out of the emergency room and is currently stable.


Worrying news this evening that Star Wars star Carrie Fisher has suffered a major heart attack on a flight from London to LA. The actress, scriptwriter and writer was returning home from a tour promoting her new book, The Princess Diarist.

She was taken ill fifteen minutes before the flight arrived in LA and has been removed from the aircraft by an emergency medical team.

A law enforcement official told NBC that her condition was "not good".

Fisher recently reprised her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars: The Force Awakens having appeared in three other films in the series since 1977.

Our hopes are that she'll make a speedy recovery.

Sources: TMZ and BBC News

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Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams.

A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One and 2017 will see the second film in the new trilogy, Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi.

Another spin-off will be released in 2018 - Solo - which tells the story of Han Solo before the original Star Wars film and 2019 will round off the third trilogy with the untitled Episode IX.

A fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson and they will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.

In addition, there are the TV series The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and a new as yet untitled live action series due to debut some time after 2020.

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