Carrie Fisher Dies: Rockers React
Family spokesman Simon Halls confirmed her death today (Dec. 27) via a statement to People on behalf of Fisher's daughter: “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning.”
Fisher, the daughter of pop singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, starred in 1977's Star Wars, 1980's Empire Strikes Back, 1983's Return of the Jedi and 2015's The Force Awakens. By then, the former Princess Leia had become a general.
Along the way, Fisher was also an author of books and a theater production, while adding signature roles in films like 1980's Blues Brothers, 1986's Woody Allen-directed Hannah and Her Sisters and 1989's When Harry Met Sally, among others. She'd already completed shooting what would have been the actress' fifth turn in the Star Wars franchise, on an as-yet-untitled film due in 2017.
She earlier suffered a heart attack while on a flight from London to Los Angeles, and had been hospitalized since Friday in Los Angeles. As news of her sudden passing spread, the actress and author's impact on the lives of music stars became immediately apparent.
Dave Mustaine of Megadeth described Fisher's passing as "such a terrible loss." Michael Sweet of Stryper fame summed up many people's sentiment, after a year marked by so many celebrity deaths: "2016 has taken too many."
Here's a look at rockers' reactions to the passing of Carrie Fisher ...
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