We have tragic news to share with you this morning, Star Wars fans make sure you’re sitting down. Carrie Fisher, a.k.a. Princess Leia Organa, passed away at 8:55 am this morning. She died after suffering from a heart attack on a plane from London to Los Angeles. She was sixty years old and is survived by her mother, Debbie Reynolds, and her daughter, Billie Lourd.

A family spokesperson released this statement to People magazine this morning:

“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning. She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly, our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

Fisher shot to stardom with her role in Star Wars: A New Hope, but was also a writer and a very real person. She recently released a book The Princess Diarist, telling the stories of her drug abuse and the three-month fling with Star Wars co-star Harrison Ford.

Fisher’s beloved French Bulldog, Gary, was by her side the entire time she was in the hospital, along with her mother and daughter. The entire world has been holding it’s breath waiting for good news, but we did not get the news we hoped for.

Fisher will be able to be seen in upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII, it’s unsure if filming had started for the ninth film in the franchise or not. But…

Star Wars fans, she is with the Force and will always be with the Force. May you rest in peace, Carrie Fisher, from one of the many grown-up, little girls who you taught though your role that girls could save themselves and wield guns and be just as awesome as the boys can.

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