Carrie Fisher Suffers ‘Massive’ Heart Attack

By December 23, 2016

Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital Friday after reportedly suffering from a “massive” heart attack while on a plane from London. Later reports, however, only described what happened on the airplane as a “cardiac event,” and the family of the actress behind Princess Leia now says she’s in a hospital’s intensive care unit.

Fisher was returning from London  on her current book tour when she suffered from cardiac arrest, according to TMZ.

We’re told the emergency occurred 15 minutes before the plane landed in L.A. A flight attendant asked if there were any medical personnel on board, and an EMT who was sitting in the back of the plane came up to first class and administered life-saving measures.

The celebrity news outlet later reported that paramedics worked on Fisher for 15 minutes with CPR before they were able to get a pulse. She was then taken to UCLA Medical Center.

Erik Scott, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department, told CNN they responded to Gate 74 at Los Angeles International Airport for a patient “in cardiac arrest.” He added that paramedics provided “advanced life support” and “aggressively treated” Fisher.

The 60-year-old actress was just filming scenes for the British sitcom Catastrophe, according to the news outlet, while also promoting her recent book, The Princess Diarist, which among other things, highlighted an affair with Harrison Ford during the filming of Star Wars: A New Hope in the 1970s.

Last year she appeared as Gen. Leia in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and already filmed scenes for its followup next year, Star Wars: Episode VIII. Fisher also makes a cameo in last week’s Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One.

Some of Fisher’s co-stars, friends and fans took to social media to express support.

This story has been updated at 6:54 p.m. with news on Carrie Fisher’s condition, and social media response.

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