Carrie Fisher Hospitalized After Heart Attack On L.A.-Bound Plane
Dec 26, 2016, 02:54
Fisher was returning home to Los Angeles after appearing in London to promote her new book, The Princess Diarist, which came out in November.
After the plane landed in Los Angeles around noon on Thursday, the 60-year-old was transported to a nearby hospital.
Once on the ground she was rushed to hospital and is now on a ventilator at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.
In a statement, United Airlines confirmed a female passenger was described by crew as "unresponsive".
"Our thoughts are with our customer at this time", read the statement from United Airlines.
She is the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds.
Fisher's Star Wars co-star, who played her twin brother Luke Skywalker, tweeted his best wishes, along with a host of other actors, musicians and presenters. The plane was still in the air when she went into cardiac arrest and passengers were reportedly administering CPR, according to TMZ. The star of the Star Wars franchise, and a veritable entertainment icon, has been on a book tour. According to a fellow passenger, she had stopped breathing for "10 minutes or so" during the flight. "Hope she's gonna be OK", she wrote.
Fisher starred as Princess Leia in the original "Star Wars" trilogy (1977-1983), and reprised the role in 2015's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".
She continued playing the role Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, 1980, and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi, 1983.
In a series of interviews, Fisher's brother Todd first told the Associated Press that the actress had been "stabilized" and "out of the emergency room" after she was "unresponsive" on the plane, although he wouldn't elaborate on Fisher's condition.
The American actress has talked and written frequently about her years of drug addiction and mental illness.
Ford was just one of many of her Star Wars co-stars to send messages of support.
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