'Star Wars' actress Carrie Fisher has mid-air heart attack
- Hollywood excess -Fisher was catapulted to worldwide stardom as the rebel warrior Princess Leia in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, which has been a cultural phenomenon since the release of the films from 1977 to 1983. Steeped in Hollywood excess from an early age, she was the product of the four-year marriage of movie star Debbie Reynolds, best-known for her role in "Singin' In The Rain," and singer Eddie Fisher. The relationship, and the happy home in Beverly Hills, came to an end when Fisher left Reynolds for her close friend, the actress Elizabeth Taylor. Fisher's co-stars led tributes as Hollywood reacted with shock to news of her collapse. "As if 2016 couldn't get any worse... sending all our love to @carrieffisher" tweeted Mark Hamill, who plays her on-screen twin Luke Skywalker in the "Star Wars" saga.
- Addiction -She has given various interviews over the years about her diagnosis of bipolar disorder and addiction to prescription drugs and cocaine, which she admitted using on the set of "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980). She has also discussed being treated with electroconvulsive therapy, in which small electric currents are passed through the brain, to trigger brief seizures. The technique is used to treat some mental illnesses. Writer and actress Anna Akana, who said she was on board Fisher's flight, described the mid-air drama in a series of tweets, voicing her "shock and sadness." "Don't know how else to process this but Carrie Fisher stopped breathing on the flight home. Hope she's gonna be OK," she said. "So many thanks to the United flight crew who jumped into action, and the awesome doctor and nurse passengers who helped. Feel weird even tweeting about it but I JUST finished her book and was fangirling out over seeing her dog Gary in person." Fisher's famous "Star Wars" character features as part of the storyline to spin-off "Rogue One," which is currently riding high in box offices around the globe, although the actress is understood not to have been involved in the production. "Thoughts and prayers for our friend and everyone's favorite princess right now," said Peter Mayhew, who plays the Wookie Chewbacca in the saga. "The whole world is sending you so much love! Sending you the universe's most powerful Force," tweeted English actress Gwendoline Christie, who played Captain Phasma in Fisher's most recent "Star Wars" episode, "The Force Awakens." There were also posts from "Warwick Davis, who appeared in various "Star Wars" theatrical and straight-to-TV movies, "Rogue One," writer Gary Whitta, and Han Solo spinoff movie co-director Chris Miller. Fisher's representatives did not respond to requests for comment.