Friends, Fans Remember Carrie Fisher

By December 28, 2016

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.

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.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

Managing Editor at GeekNation
Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.
  • Mary E Brewer

    So many of our icons .. our idols lost in 2016 .. so terribly sad . Thoughts and prayers for the families, friends and fans of them all..

  • Beth Kredel

    Thank you for including Christian Kane’s tweet in regard to Carrie Fisher. I know he was very excited to have her pose for that picture, one of the very few he had posted on his Instagram page from Chicago this past August! He is the most sincere person in entertainment. I’m sure he said so much more than 140 characters could allow. He will be forever be changed from having met her!