I was, ironically, at a screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story this evening when word began to move through the crowd that Carrie Fisher had been rushed to the hospital after a serious cardiac issue on an airplane. The news we’re getting as to her condition is coming through her brother. He initially told reporters that his sister had been treated and released, but now says he cannot comment on the exact nature of his condition. What is clear is that Ms. Fisher has suffered a serious health crisis, and her recovery is in the hopes and prayers of all Star Wars fans. Her co-stars took to Twitter to offer their well wishes for their friend. Below is the latest update from The New York Times followed by the shallow, let’s face it, questions Star Wars fans have about what is the status of Episode VIII, and what will happens should, God forbid, she be unable to continue?
The actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” movies, was hospitalized in intensive care on Friday night after a medical episode aboard a flight to Los Angeles from London, The Associated Press reported.
Her brother, Todd Fisher, told The A.P. that Ms. Fisher was receiving excellent care but that he could not classify her condition. He had earlier said that she was in stable condition and was out of the emergency room at a Los Angeles hospital. In a subsequent interview he said many details about her condition or what caused the medical emergency were unknown.
The Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement that paramedics responded to Los Angeles International Airport around 12:10 p.m. for a patient on an inbound flight who was in cardiac arrest. They “aggressively treated” the patient, who was not named.
Several news accounts identified the passenger as Ms. Fisher, 60.
Luke Punzenberger, a spokesman for United Airlines, said in an email that medical personnel met the flight after crew members reported that a passenger was unresponsive.
News of Ms. Fisher’s medical episode prompted an outpouring of concern on Twitter from “Star Wars” co-stars and fans.
In addition to her performances in the original “Star Wars” trilogy and last year in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Ms. Fisher has written books chronicling her life in Hollywood and battles with drug addiction. One of the books, “Postcards From the Edge,” was adapted into a 1990 movie that starred Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.