UPDATE (2:45pm): Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher's mother, has responded to the tragic passing of her daughter. "Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter," she wrote on Facebook. "I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love Carries Mother."
Family spokesman Simon Halls shared a statement on behalf of Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd:
"It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning. She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers."
On Dec. 23, Fisher went into cardiac arrest during a flight from London to Los Angeles. She was later put into an ICU at a local LA hospital. Todd Fisher, her brother, later told AP that the actress was stabilized without any further details.
Fisher soared into Hollywood fame and into our hearts as Princess Leia in 1977's Star Wars at age 19. She then went on to star in The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983). The actress returned to the franchise for last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens as General Leia Organa, and will be featured in Star Wars: Episode VIII (out Dec. 2017).
The icon was also seen in 1989's When Harry Met Sally..., 1991's Drop Dead Fred, 2003's Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and a handful of other films. She also guested on television shows like Family Guy, Sex and the City, 30 Rock and The Big Bang Theory.