Mark Hamill has been left “devastated” by the death of his Star Wars co-star and longtime friend Carrie Fisher following the actress’ passing on Tuesday (27Dec16).
The movie icon, famed for her role as Princess Leia in the sci-fi franchise, was hospitalised on Friday (23Dec16) after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles. She passed away at UCLA Medical Center on Tuesday, at the age of 60.
Tributes began pouring in as soon as the news of Fisher’s death broke online, and Hamill, who played her onscreen brother Luke Skywalker, was among those struggling to come to terms with the tragic news, a year after they both reprised their most famous roles for 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“no words,” he simply posted on Twitter, adding, “#Devastated”.
Meanwhile, the actress’ mother Debbie Reynolds has posted a message to fans, thanking them for their support.
“Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter,” Debbie wrote on Facebook. “I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop.”
Billy Dee Williams, who portrayed Lando Calrissian in the 1980s releases Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, also shared his thoughts with fans online, writing: “I’m deeply saddened at the news of Carrie’s passing. She was a dear friend, whom I greatly respected and admired. The force is dark today!”
And Anthony Daniels, who portrayed the droid C-3PO in the film franchise, tweeted, “I thought I had got what I wanted under the tree. I didn’t. In spite of so many thoughts and prayers from so many. I am very, very sad.”
Meanwhile, Star Trek legend William Shatner remembered his old pal by writing, “I’m deeply saddened to learn of the death of Carrie Fisher. I will miss our banterings. A wonderful talent & light has been extinguished.”
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, who cast Fisher as the voice of Angela, Peter Griffin’s boss, on the hit animated series, added, “Carrie Fisher was smart, funny, talented, surprising, and always a hell of a fun time to be around. Family Guy will miss her immensely.”
Whoopi Goldberg expressed her condolences to Carrie’s mother, veteran actress Debbie Reynolds, and her daughter, Billie Lourd: “Carrie Fisher has passed, she was funnier&smarter than anyone had the right to be,” she wrote. “Sail On Silver Girl. Condolences Debbie & Billie. R.I.P.”
Veteran actress and author Joan Collins shared: “My heart goes out to Debbie Reynolds on the death of Carrie her talented daughter. There have been too many deaths this year”, and Monty Python star Eric Idle tweeted, “I’m so sad about Carrie. All those years. All those laughs. Was there ever a wiser, wittier, or more beautiful Princess? Heart breaking.”
“Carrie Fisher. Cannot believe that you’re ‘gone’,” mourned her friend, British actor Richard E. Grant. “Funny funny and then some.”
And comedienne Ellen DeGeneres wrote, “@CarrieFisher was a brilliant writer, actor, and friend. She was so much fun. I can’t believe she’s gone.”
Others tributes have poured in from stars including Bette Midler, Jon Favreau, Stephen Fry, Anna Kendrick, Alyssa Milano, Elizabeth Banks, Zach Braff, Don Cheadle, Cyndi Lauper, and Patricia Arquette.
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