by Vivian Chang, news editor
After being hospitalized for four days, Carrie Fisher died at the age of 60. She passed on December 27th, after she fell ill on a flight from London to Los Angeles.
Doctors say she suffered a cardiac event while on the flight. Fisher’s daughter’s publicist posted a statement affirming the death.
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“I feel devastated because growing up she was my favorite heroine. She, as Leia, stood out because she wasn’t the typical ‘princess’ you see in Disney movies. As a person herself she was amazing and wasn’t ashamed of any of her flaws,” senior Elena Szymkiewicz said.
Fisher’s mother, Debbie Reynolds, passed away at the age of 84 on December 28th, just one day after Fisher’s death. Relatives say the stress of her daughter’s passing may have been too much to handle for Reynolds, who has suffered from small strokes in the past.