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article imageStar Wars Carrie Fisher suffers cardiac arrest

By Tim Sandle     Dec 23, 2016 in Entertainment
Los Angeles - Carrie Fisher, most famous for playing Princess Leia in various Star Wars movies, has suffered a heart attack on board an airplane bound for Los Angeles. She was in a serious condition, although this has later been described as 'stable'.
TMZ is reporting, via Twitter, that the Star Wars actress was on a flight from London to LA when she went into cardiac arrest. There is no official news on her condition, although the BBC firstly described her medical state as "critical." After two hours in the UCLA medical facility this was revised to "stable," by her brother.
On the main TMZ site it is reported that Carrie Fisher was on a United flight from London Heathrow to Los Angeles (LAX) when she went into cardiac arrest. On noticing the actor and author's condition, some passengers went to her aid and administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). United Airlines apparently said its flight crew reported Carrie Fisher as "unresponsive" when they landed in the U.S.
According to a later update from TMZ: "Witnesses at LAX tell us Carrie's eyes were closed and she appeared unconscious as EMTs rushed her through the terminal. She had an oxygen mask on her face."
Princess Leia  Star Wars
Princess Leia, Star Wars
The incident apparently happened just 15 minutes before the aircraft (Flight 935) touched down in Los Angeles. A call went out on the speaker system asking for any medical staff on board the flight. On landing, Ms. Fisher was taken to the nearest hospital. TMZ tweeted later that on the plane paramedics had been able to get a pulse. The news site further reports that she is on a ventilator.
On hearing the news, Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars), who plays the character Chewbacca in Star Wars, tweeted: @Thoughts and prayers for our friend and everyone's favorite princess right now.. @carrieffisher." Following this Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise, tweeted: "as if 2016 couldn't get any worse... sending all our love to @carrieffisher."
There have been hundreds of other reactions on Twitter, mostly hoping that some good news about Fisher's condition is quickly received. Quoting dialogue from the recent Rogue One movie, PokeShulk3789 (‏@BattleInfernape) tweeted: "Carrie Fisher is one with the force, & the force is with her." A Reddit feed has over 2000 comments about Carrie Fisher's health status together with messages of goodwill.
Carrie Fisher, who is aged 60, had been on tour in the U.K. promoting her latest book The Princess Diarist. Fisher appeared in the original Star Wars trilogy and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a sequel released in 2015. As well as acting, Fisher is known for her semi-autobiographical novels, including Postcards from the Edge, and the screenplay for the movie of the same name.
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