Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher (60) passes away

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Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher has died after suffering a cardiac arrest on a flight from London to Los Angeles.

The 60-year-old’s death was confirmed by relatives on Tuesday as she was being treated in intensive care.

In a statement released on behalf of Ms Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd, spokesman Simon Halls said: “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8.55am this morning.

“She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

The actress became an international star and sex symbol when she appeared as Princess Leia in the 1977 sci-fi blockbuster.

Tributes have poured in for the actress, who went on to appear in three Star Wars sequels including 2015’s seventh film in the franchise, The Force Awakens.

She also appeared in other hit films When Harry Met Sally, Hannah and Her Sisters and The Blues Brothers in a career spanning more than four decades.

Star Trek actor William Shatner tweeted: “I’m deeply saddened to learn of the death of Carrie Fisher. I will miss our banterings. A wonderful talent & light has been extinguished.”

Ms Fisher had appeared to be stable in hospital in California following her medical episode on a United Airlines flight on Friday.