Carrie Fisher Dies at the Age of 60

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October 21st, 1956 – December 27th, 2016

It is with great displeasure that I announce that the great Carrie Fisher has passed away at the age of 60. Best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars franchise, Fisher was a beloved figure in pop culture as well as in geek culture for the past several decades. While Leia was likely her most well known role, Fisher was always active in the film world, even up until her death.

Four days ago the public learned that on a flight from London to Los Angeles Fisher suffered from cardiac arrest. While she was announced to be stable in condition just two days later, it seems that did not last for long. Earlier this morning a family spokesman announced the following on behalf of Fisher’s daughter:

“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.”

Carrie Fisher was born into the entertainment world. The daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, Fisher was destined for a world in the spotlight. Though Fisher was quite the bookworm in her early days, she never finished high school due to the demanding requirements of the stage.  She starred in the Broadway revival Irene alongside her mother and not long after she got the gig as Princess Leia in A New Hope.

Along with her immense fame from the Star Wars franchise there was also hardship. Fisher struggled with addiction in her youth as well as her parents divorce when she was a young child. These struggles were in time revealed in full in her many books and her memoir Wishful Drinking. In her later years, Fisher became a well known advocate for mental health awareness.

Carrie Fisher was an icon and a treasure. The fact that I and many other newfound Star Wars fans will never meet this wonderous woman is a point of great sorrow. I give my deepest condolences to the Fisher family and to all those who loved Carrie Fisher. She will be missed.

Sources: http://deadline.com/2016/12/actress-author-screenwriter-icon-carrie-fisher-dies-at-60-1201875521/

Anton Yelchin Dies at 27

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Likely best known for his portrayal of Ensign Paval Chekov in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot, Anton Yelchin has been found dead. “Yelchin’s friends became alarmed because he was supposed to meet them hours earlier for a rehearsal. They went to his San Fernando Valley home at around 1 AM and found him pinned between his car and a brick mailbox, which was attached to a security gate. Law enforcement tells us the engine was running when his body was discovered, and the car was in neutral. The driveway was on a fairly steep incline. It’s unclear why he got out of the car.” Says TMZ. The cops do not suspect foul play.

Anton Yelchin was born in Leningrad during the reign of the Soviet Union. At 6 months he and his parents traveled to the United States in the hope of political asylum. He began his acting career at the age of nine in Los Angeles. Along with his role in the new Star Trek franchise, Yelchin was also known for his roles in the 2011 movie Fright Night and Terminator Salvation. Anton was 27.

Anton Yelchin

(March 11th, 1989 – June 19th, 2016)

RIP