Carrie Fisher's Friends & Fans Respond to Her Passing

Fans, friends and family are paying their tributes to the late Star Wars icon and screenwriter/activist Carrie Fisher via social media.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Leia (Carrie Fisher)

The news of Carrie Fisher's passing has saddened fans across the globe. While Fisher was undoubtedly best known for playing Princess Leia in Star Wars, the actress was also a great personality, and won many people over with her interviews, where she came across as warm, funny, and refreshingly outspoken. Unsurprisingly, such a fundamentally good person inspires others, and many of those whom had the pleasure to know Ms. Fisher, be it through work or social circles, or those who were just inspired by her work, lined up to pay tribute to her today. Leading the way was Lucasfilm President, Kathleen Kennedy, and Disney Chairman Bob Iger. Below their statements we have rounded up just some of the tributes flooding Twitter today, including from her Star Wars co-star and on screen brother, Mark Hamill.

Kathleen Kennedy:

“Carrie holds such special place in the hearts of everyone at Lucasfilm it is difficult to think of a world without her. She was Princess Leia to the world but a very special friend to all of us. She had an indomitable spirit, incredible wit, and a loving heart. Carrie also defined the female hero of our age over a generation ago. Her groundbreaking role as Princess Leia served as an inspiration of power and confidence for young girls everywhere. We will miss her dearly.”

Bob Iger:

“Carrie Fisher was one-of-a-kind, a true character who shared her talent and her truth with us all with her trademark wit and irreverence. Millions fell in love with her as the indomitable Princess Leia; she will always have a special place in the hearts of Star Wars fans as well as all of us who were lucky enough to know her personally. She will be sorely missed, and we join millions of fans and friends around the world who mourn her loss today.”

Debbie Reynolds:

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.

George Lucas

"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."

Steven Spielberg

“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.”

Mark Hamill

no words #Devastated

— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) 27 December 2016

Bryan Fuller


— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) 27 December 2016

James Gunn

Oh man. RIP Carrie Fisher. I thought you were the coolest.

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) 27 December 2016

Kevin Smith

Goodnight, Sweet Princess. Thank you for so many happy memories, your heroics, your art and your friendship...

— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) 27 December 2016

Chuck Wendig

Also, this, from Carrie Fisher in that AVClub interview.

I feel this so damn hard.

— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) 27 December 2016

Chris Evans

So so so sad. Thank you, Carrie Fisher. What a loss.

— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) 27 December 2016

Bryce Dallas Howard

No damsel in distress! RIP Carrie Fisher

— Bryce Dallas Howard (@BryceDHoward) 27 December 2016

Graham Norton

Numb. Unbelievable that such a bright funny loving spark could be extinguished. @carrieffisher you will be missed. I wish you peace.

— graham norton (@grahnort) December 27, 2016

Stephen Fry

She was the brightest, funniest, bravest, kindest, cleverest and sweetest person I ever knew. A crushing blow to lose @carrieffisher

— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) December 27, 2016

Bette Midler

Carrie Fisher didn't make it. I am so terribly sorry, and send my sincere condolences to her family, friends and fans all around the world.

— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) December 27, 2016

Larry King

We've lost a true gem with Carrie Fisher's passing. Her humor, talent and brutal honesty were gifts to the world. Her voice will be missed. — Larry King (@kingsthings) December 27, 2016

Phil Lord

Saw @carrieffisher interview John Waters once. Never seen a funnier, more intelligent, and above all, honest person on stage.

— philip lord (@philiplord) December 27, 2016

Jon Favreau

Such a sad day for her family, friends and millions of fans. Carrie Fisher is deeply missed. — Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) December 27, 2016

J.J. Abrams

Rian Johnson

Carrie was an incredible person. I feel lucky I got to know her, and heartbroken.

— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) December 27, 2016

Dave Filoni

— Dave Filoni (@dave_filoni) December 27, 2016

and of course, Gary the dog:

Saddest tweets to tweet. Mommy is gone. I love you @carrieffisher

— Carrie Fisher's Dog (@Gary_TheDog) December 27, 2016

Fisher's Star Wars co-star Harrison Ford issued this statement to The Wrap:

“Carrie was one-of-a-kind…brilliant, original.  Funny and emotionally fearless. She 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.”

It seems as though Carrie Fisher will always be royalty to everyone.

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Sources: Twitter/ Starwars.comThe Wrap

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