George Lucas, creator of the saga, released a statement, saying, "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.
My heartfelt sympathy goes to her family, friends and all those around the world who loved her and will deeply mourn her loss. Princess Leia will live as long as costar Mark Hamill tweeted, "No words #Devastated," along with a photo of the pair in character as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia.She was a beautiful spirit and a light that has dimmed too soon. He later posted a lengthy tribute on Facebook, saying: "It's never easy to lose such a vital, irreplaceable member of the family, but this is downright heartbreaking.Determined & tough, but with a vulnerability that made you root for her & want her to succeed & be happy.She played such a crucial role in my professional & personal life, & both would have been far emptier without her.Carrie was one-of-a-kind who belonged to us all- whether she liked it or not.
She was OUR Princess, damn it, & the actress who played her blurred into one gorgeous, fiercely independent & ferociously funny, take-charge woman who took our collective breath away.I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Fisher went into cardiac arrest as her 11-hour flight was approaching Los Angeles International Airport shortly after noon on Friday.According to several passengers onboard, the actress received medical attention from airline staff and passengers who attempted to revive her.She was outspoken about helping animals in need: Just this past June, she joined a demonstration outside London's Chinese embassy to call for a ban on the country's annual Yulin dog-eating festival, in which thousands of dogs and cats are bludgeoned or even skinned alive before being butchered for meat.' These poor dogs need us to fight for them,' she said.She may be best remembered for her iconic role as Princess Leia, but we fondly remember her for her devotion to her dog, Gary.