Carrie Fisher stable after suffering major heart attack on trans-Atlantic flight

Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher is in intensive care in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London

Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher is in a stable condition in hospital after suffering a medical emergency on a London to Los Angeles flight.

Her brother Todd Fisher told The Associated Press that she was ‘out of emergency’ and stabilised at a Los Angeles hospital. He said he could not discuss any other details about what happened.

Carrie Fisher seemingly revealed there will be a funeral for Han Solo in the next Star Wars film
Carrie Fisher seemingly revealed there will be a funeral for Han Solo in the next Star Wars film (Ian West / PA Archive/Press Association Images)


The actress suffered a cardiac arrest on the flight, celebrity news website TMZ said.

It reported that she was given CPR by passengers on board before the plane landed at Los Angeles International airport (LAX), where paramedics tried to resuscitate her for 15 minutes before finding a pulse.

The star was taken to the UCLA Medical Centre, where she was reportedly put on a ventilator.

Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford
Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford (Richard Shotwell AP/PA Images)


US YouTube star and actress Anna Akana tweeted about seeing the 60-year-old, who starred as Princess Leia in the sci-fi franchise, fall ill.


United Airlines said a passenger on flight 935 was ‘unresponsive’ and the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) said firefighter paramedics ‘aggressively’ treated a cardiac arrest patient at LAX at around 12.11pm on Friday.

The LA Times quoted a fire department source as saying Carrie was ‘in a lot of distress on the flight’, while NBC News cited sources saying her condition was ‘not good’.

Her co-stars and celebrity friends sent messages of support upon hearing the news.

Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker alongside Carrie, tweeted:


Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew, who starred as Wookiee Chewbacca, tweeted to say: “Thoughts and prayers for our friend and everyone’s favorite princess right now.. carrieffisher”

A spokeswoman for police at LAX airport said: “Los Angeles police responded at 12.15pm to Terminal 7 regarding a female victim who went into cardiac arrest.

“Upon arrival the LAFD (Los Angeles Fire Department) was already performing CPR on the victim and the victim was transported to a local hospital for further medical treatment.”

A spokesman for the LAFD said: “At 12.11pm the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to LAX International Airport, Gate 74, for a patient on an inbound flight in cardiac arrest. LAFD firefighter paramedics were standing by for the plane’s arrival, provided advanced life support and aggressively treated and transported the patient to a local hospital.”

Carrie has been on tour promoting her memoirs titled The Princess Diarist and filming her role in Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe

The actress made headlines recently with a revelation from her book claiming she had an ‘intense’ affair with her co-star Harrison Ford during the making of Star Wars.

She claimed she had a three-month romance with Harrison – a married father-of-two at the time – which she kept secret for 40 years.

She told People magazine: ”It was so intense. It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend.”

set of The Stars Holiday TV special in 1978 (George Brich/AP)
Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher on the set of The Stars Holiday TV special in 1978 (George Brich/AP)


Carrie was 19 at the time of the alleged affair in 1976, 14 years younger than Harrison, who was 33.

She returned to the role to star in 2015′s Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and is set to reprise it for Star Wars VIII which is scheduled for release in December 2017.

The actress was born in Beverly Hills, California, to actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, who also found fame hosting his own television show.

She made her acting debut in 1975 in Shampoo, starring alongside household names such as Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn.

(Rene Macura/AP)
(Rene Macura/AP)


Following her role in the first instalment of the Star Wars Trilogy, Episode IV: A New Hope in 1977 , she went on to appear in the 1980 hit, The Blues Brothers.

During the same year (1980) she graced the cover of American music magazine, Rolling Stone, alongside her Star Wars co-stars, as they promoted The Empire Strikes Back.

Appearing Graham’s show earlier this month, she referenced her comments about her alleged affair with Harrison, saying she thought her revelation had ‘bugged’ him as he is notoriously private.

She said: “I had no idea it would cause such a sensation – 400,000 news sites picked up on it and it became a little embarrassing.

“They made a lot of things up which I now have to talk about – I never said he was bad in bed.”


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