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'Star Wars' Actress Carrie Fisher Suffers Heart Attack on a Plane, Sources Say

"Star Wars" actress Carrie Fisher suffered a heart attack on a plane Friday, two law enforcement sources told NBC News.

American actress Carrie Fisher on the set of "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope."
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American actress Carrie Fisher on the set of "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope."

Fisher, world-famous for playing Princess Leia in the blockbuster franchise, was rushed to a local hospital after suffering full cardiac arrest on a flight from London to Los Angeles. Her condition, sources said, was "not good."

The Los Angeles Fire Department was contacted about just after noon right before United flight 935 landed, and she was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where she was in critical condition, sources said.

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Two actors tweeted that they were on board the plane when Fisher fell ill.


Fisher, 60, had recently wrapped filming for "Star Wars: Episode VIII," the second of three new films in the massively popular sci-fi saga.

She was promoting her eighth book, a collection titled "The Princess Diarist," in which she revealed her affair with co-star Harrison Ford.

Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford on the set of "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back."
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Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford on the set of "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back."

Fisher, the daughter of daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, was 19 when she was cast in the role of Leia, which thrust her into superstardom. She appeared in two sequels, "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," along with several other films.

Her first novel, 1987's "Postcards from the Edge," was a semi-autobiographical account of a drug-addicted actress in Hollywood. It received widespread acclaim, and was made into a 1990 film starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine; Fisher wrote the screenplay.

But she has always been best known as Leia.

Her former co-star, Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars series, called her "everyone's favorite princess."