One of the most heartbreaking tributes to come for the late Carrie Fisher following her death Tuesday came from her Star Wars co-star Mark Hamill.
He played Luke Skywalker beside her Princess Leia in five Star Wars films, including last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII. Over the decades, the two shared many conversations together.
But on Twitter Tuesday, he was speechless.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 27, 2016
A few hours later, however, Hamill was indeed able to find some words. And for many who already miss the feisty actress and writer, they were much-needed words in a time of deep mourning.
“It’s never easy to lose such a vital, irreplaceable member of the family, but this is downright heartbreaking. Carrie was one-of-a-kind who belonged to us all, whether she liked it or not.
“She was our princess, damn it, and the actress who played her blurred into one gorgeous, fiercely independent and ferociously funny, take-charge woman who took our collective breath away. Determined and tough, but with a vulnerability that made you root for her and want her to succeed and be happy.
“She played such a crucial role in my professional and personal life, and both would have been far emptier without her. I am grateful for the laughter, the wisdom, the kindness and even the bratty, self-indulgent crap my beloved space-twin gave me through the years.”
Harrison Ford, who completed the original trilogy trio as Han Solo, released a statement to Us Weekly saying Fisher “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.”
George Lucas, the creator of the Star Wars franchise that made all three of them household names, also released a statement, saying they had a friendship that lasted most of their 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.”
Of course, many of her other co-stars from Star Wars and both friends and fans took to social media to share their condolences and memories of Carrie Fisher, the first major member of the original cast to pass since R2-D2’s Kenny Baker died in August.
There are no words for this loss. Carrie was the brightest light in every room she entered. I will miss her dearly. pic.twitter.com/GgIeYGeMt9
— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) December 27, 2016
I thought I had got what I wanted under the tree. I didn’t. In spite of so many thoughts and prayers from so many. I am very, very sad.
— Anthony Daniels (@ADaniels3PO) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher was funny and fearless and unabashedly human. It’s an old saying, but she was a real trouper. https://t.co/fTlfBSfaQg
— Conan O’Brien (@ConanOBrien) December 28, 2016
I had the pleasure of talking with Carrie once, and have always been in awe of her many talents. Huge loss for all. https://t.co/H57KnohIHD
— Chaz Bono (@ChazBono) December 28, 2016
— Henie Reisinger (@HenieReisinger) December 27, 2016
God, please look after @carrieffisher She means a lot to us!
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) December 28, 2016
Sad day this 27th… Sad news…
SALUD POR CARRIE FISHER!!
— diego luna (@diegoluna_) December 28, 2016
Read this book In case you need reminding. God Bless You Carrie Fisher. 🙏🏻. pic.twitter.com/vMbXyjt6UY
— Madonna (@Madonna) December 28, 2016
Carrie Fisher wasn’t just a hero of the rebellion, she was a badass mental health advocate: https://t.co/opXVhOj7rQ?
— Ali Mattu, Ph.D. 🚀 (@AliMattu) December 27, 2016
I cannot believe that Carrie Fisher drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra. What a badass.
— Dael Kingsmill (@DailyDael) December 27, 2016
The entire world will dearly miss my friend Carrie Fisher. Go in peace but you will be remembered forever pic.twitter.com/gLoRdHiMGE
— Christian Kane (@ChristianKane01) December 27, 2016
My heart is heavy with news of Carrie Fisher’s death. She was one of a kind and a dear friend. @carrieffisher
— Jane Seymour Fonda (@Janefonda) December 27, 2016
So sad but grateful for what she gave us.#CarrieFisher
— Sam Witwer (@SamWitwer) December 28, 2016
Devastated by the world’s loss of @carrieffisher, a fierce, funny, brilliant actress and activist who is gone too soon.
— Christian Slater (@ChristianSlater) December 27, 2016
— Carrie Fisher’s Dog (@Gary_TheDog) December 28, 2016
— Joey O’Reilly (@oreilly_joey) December 28, 2016
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