George Lucas, Peter Mayhew, Gwendoline Christie and more shared their goodbyes.
By Terri Schwartz
Carrie Fisher‘s Star Wars family was quick to mourn her passing after news of her death at age 60 broke on Tuesday, December 27th.
The accomplished actress, writer and activist is best known for her work in Star Wars. Her involvement in the series spans her entire life; she joined A New Hope when she was just 19, and she will appear in the forthcoming Episode VIII, which hits theaters in 2017. She touched many lives as Princess Leia, not the least of which are the people who worked directly with her in the Star Wars franchise. Here’s a round up of their responses to news of her passing.
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Mark Hamill quickly responded to news of Fisher’s death on Twitter, sharing an old photo of the two of them in Star Wars costume. “No word,” he wrote, with the hashtag “devastated.”
Harrison Ford released a statement about Fisher’s death, saying, “Carrie was one-of-a-kind…brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless. She 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.”
Director George Lucas also released a statement, saying, “Carrie and I have been friends most of our 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. My heart and prayers are with Billie, Debbie and all Carrie’s family, friends and fans. She will be missed by all.”
The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams released a statement via Bad Robot’s Twitter, which reads: “You didn’t need to meet Carrie Fisher to understand her power. She was just as brilliant and beautiful, tough and wonderful, inclusive and funny as you could imagine. What an unfair thing to lose her. How luck to have been blessed with her at all.”
A statement from JJ Abrams via Bad Robot’s Twitter account
Anthony Daniels, who plays C-3PO, followed up his tweet about Fisher’s seemingly stable condition from earlier in the week with his own grief at her loss. “I am very, very sad,” he wrote on Twitter.
Via Anthony Daniels’ Twitter
Peter Mayhew, the man behind Chewbacca, wrote on Twitter that Fisher “was the brightest light in every room she entered. I will miss her dearly.”
via Peter Mayhew’s Twitter
Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian, also took to Twitter to express his grief.
Warwick Davis tweeted an old photo of him and Fisher on the set of Return of the Jedi and wrote, “Your kindness & sharp wit will be missed.”
Via Warwick Davis on Twitter
Gwendoline Christie, who plays Captain Phasma, tweeted her goodbye to Fisher.
Lupita Nyong’o, who played Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, posted a photo with Fisher to Instagram with the caption, “Sweet Carrie.”
Via Lupita Nyong’o on Instagram
Andy Serkis, who played Supreme Leader Snoke in The Force Awakens, tweeted his goodbye as well.
Via Andy Serkis on Twitter
Disney CEO Bob Iger released a statement about Fisher’s passing:
“Carrie Fisher was one-of-a-kind, a true character who shared her talent and her truth with us all with her trademark wit and irreverence. Millions fell in love with her as the indomitable Princess Leia; she will always have a special place in the hearts of Star Wars fans as well as all of us who were lucky enough to know her personally. She will be sorely missed, and we join millions of fans and friends around the world who mourn her loss today.”
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy also released a statement:
“Carrie holds such special place in the hearts of everyone at Lucasfilm it is difficult to think of a world without her. She was Princess Leia to the world but a very special friend to all of us. She had an indomitable spirit, incredible wit, and a loving heart. Carrie also defined the female hero of our age over a generation ago. Her groundbreaking role as Princess Leia served as an inspiration of power and confidence for young girls everywhere. We will miss her dearly.”
Director Steven Spielberg released a statement:
“I have always stood in awe of Carrie. Her observations always made me laugh and gasp at the same time. She didn’t need The Force. She was a force of nature, of loyalty and of friendship. I will miss her very much.”
Meanwhile, Colin Trevorrow, who is slated to direct the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode IX, tweeted his own salute to Fisher.
Via Colin Trevorrow on Twitter
Terri Schwartz is Entertainment Editor at IGN. Talk to her on Twitter at @Terri_Schwartz.