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Summary

  1. US actress best known for playing Princess Leia in Star Wars has died days after suffering a cardiac arrest
  2. Fisher, 60, had been taken ill on board a flight from London to Los Angeles and received emergency treatment on the plane
  3. Family spokesman Simon Halls confirmed her death
  4. Former Star Wars co-star Mark Hamill tweeted: "No words. #Devastated"
  5. Carrie Fisher was the daughter of Hollywood star Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher

Live Reporting

By Marie Jackson and David Walker

All times stated are UK

  1. Fisher: A star all on my own

    That draws to a close our coverage following the death of the much-loved Carrie Fisher.

    And, given her love of the written word, it seems appropriate to leave the last word on her extraordinary life in her very capable hands. This is what she thought would happen when she signed up as princess a "goofy little science-fiction film". 

    Quote Message: I'll go hang out with a bunch of robots for a few months and then return to my life and try to figure out what I want to do when I grow up. But then Star Wars, this goofy, little three-month hang-out with robots did something unexpected. It exploded across the firmament of pop culture, taking all of us along with it. It tricked me into becoming a star all on my own.
  2. Daisy Ridley 'devastated at monumental loss'

    Daisy Ridley

    English actress Daisy Ridley, who played Rey in The Force Awakens, says she was "devastated at this monumental loss".

    Quote Message: How lucky we all are to have known her, and how awful that we have to say goodbye.
  3. 'I'm proud to be like her - different'

    John Moore with Carrie Fisher

    Fans have been sharing memories of meeting their idol with the BBC's Rozina Sini.

    John, from London, was working in a bookshop when he met the actress.

    "She has inspired me by teaching me that just because you're a little broken or a little different you can still be an inspiration and shine like she did. She was honest about her health issues and was just herself," he recalls.

    "She taught me to not feel embarrassed or a lesser person just because you sometimes struggle to get through the day. Her death has hit me hard but it also makes me feel so proud to have been like her, different."

    Read more from Fisher's fans here

  4. Spielberg: 'I have always stood in awe of Carrie'

    Steven Spielberg

    The veteran film director, Steven Spielberg, knew Carrie Fisher socially, mostly thanks to their mutual friendship with George Lucas.

    In a statement from his publicist, Spielberg says:   

    Quote Message: I have always stood in awe of Carrie. Her observations always made me laugh and gasp at the same time. She didn't need The Force. She was a force of nature, of loyalty and of friendship. I will miss her very much.
  5. Video: Fisher talks about affair

    In an earlier entry, we mentioned that Fisher appeared on the BBC's Graham Norton show earlier this month on her promotional tour for her new book. Here's a clip from her performance in which she talks about her revelation that she had an affair with her Star Wars co-star, Harrison Ford.

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    Video caption: Carrie Fisher talks about publishing her diaries
  6. Abrams: What an unfair thing to lose her

    J J Abrams, director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, pays tribute to Fisher in a handwritten note posted on Twitter.

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  7. Fisher 'was standing by with milk and cookies'

    Actor Warwick Davis, who played an Ewok in Return of the Jedi aged 11, remembers Fisher's concern that he might overheat in his costume.

    Quote Message: I have very fond memories of actually shooting that scene because Carrie was particularly concerned about me being in this hot, furry Ewok costume because whenever I took the head off and I looked a little bit hot and flustered, she'd actually be there - standing by - with milk and cookies to revive me."
  8. Fisher attended Star Wars premiere with her dog, Gary

    Carrie Fisher with Gary, the dog
    Image caption: Fisher was accompanied to the 2015 European premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by her pet dog, Gary

    Hollywood journalist Jeanie Wolf remembers her friend and considers what would have been her greatest source of pride:

    Quote Message: I think that she would say that she had a very rocky, but very eventful life. And she loved the drama. She loved the attention. Remember she showed up at the Star Wars premiere with her dog - and her dog was at her side. She understood herself very well and I think she was proud that she got things together and created some wonderful moments.
  9. Fisher was 'famous but approachable'

    Steve Sansweet, who worked with Fisher when he was the head of fan relations at Lucasfilm, tells the BBC that Fisher made a huge impression on him.

    "She was one of a kind... And we all loved Carrie. 

    "She was really such a light in our galaxy as well as someone who was famous but approachable," he says.

  10. George Lucas: She was our great and powerful princess

    The creator of Star Wars, George Lucas, has paid tribute to the star actress:

    "Carrie and I have been friends most of our adult lives. She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved. 

    "In Star Wars she was our great and powerful princess - feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think. My heart and prayers are with Billie, Debbie and all Carrie's family, friends and fans. She will be missed by all. George Lucas."

  11. One of a kind - Harrison Ford

    In his first comments following Carrie Fisher's death, her Star Wars co-star Harrison Ford described her as a "one-of-a-kind" who lived her life "bravely".

    "My thoughts are with her daughter Billie, her mother Debbie, her brother Todd and her many friends. We will all miss her."

    In her recent autobiography The Princess Diarist, Fisher revealed that she and Ford had an affair on the set of Star Wars.

  12. Reynolds: Beloved and amazing daughter

    1972 image of actress Debbie Reynolds with her daughter Carrie Fisher
    Image caption: Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher in 1972

    Fisher's mother, the Hollywood star Debbie Reynolds, has paid tribute to her daughter and thanked fans in a post on her Facebook page.

    She wrote: "Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter. I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love Carrie's Mother."

  13. Carrie Fisher's life on film

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    Video caption: Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher dies, aged 60

    The BBC's Lizo Mzimba looks back at the life of Carrie Fisher.

  14. 'It's a stupid conversation' - Fisher on her weight loss

    Fisher turned the tables - gently - on an interviewer earlier this year when asked about her recent weight loss for Star Wars. 

    She revealed in May that she had been asked to lose 35lbs (16kg) for the role. 

    "They didn't hire me, they hired me minus 35lbs," she said.

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  15. Carrie Fisher: Life in pictures

    A look back at her life in pictures. Full article here.

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