Actor Harrison Ford responded to the death of his “Star Wars” co-star, Carrie Fisher, amid an outpouring of grief from many others involved in the classic science fiction films.
Fisher, 60, died on Dec. 27, days after she was admitted to the hospital due to a reported heart attack on a Los Angeles-bound plane.
In a statement, Ford, 74, described the actress who played Princess Leia as “one of a kind.”
“Carrie was one-of-a-kind… brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely,” Ford told EW.com. “My thoughts are with her daughter Billie, her mother Debbie, her brother Todd, and her many friends. We will all miss her.”
After hearing of Fisher’s heart attack, the Han Solo actor said over the weekend that he was “shocked and saddened” by the development.
Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the original “Star Wars” films, also responded to her death, tweeting that he has “no words” with the hashtag “#devastated” along with a picture of he and Fisher.
“Star Wars” director George Lucas, in a statement, wrote: “Carrie and I have been friends most of our adult lives. She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer, and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved.”
“In Star Wars, she was our great and powerful princess—feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think. My heart and prayers are with Billie, Debbie and all Carrie’s family, friends and fans. She will be missed by all,” he said, referring to her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, and her daughter, actress Billie Lourde.
Other “Star Wars” notables, including actors Anthony Daniels (who played C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (who played Chewbacca), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Warwick Davis (Wicket the Ewok), Samuel L. Jackson, and the first Darth Vader actor David Prowse wrote comments about Fisher.
“I’m deeply saddened at the news of Carrie’s passing. She was a dear friend, whom I greatly respected and admired. The force is dark today!” Williams tweeted. Added Mayhew: “There are no words for this loss. Carrie was the brightest light in every room she entered. I will miss her dearly.”
“The light in The Galaxy is dimmed by the loss of our Princess Leia. May The Force Be With Her!! RIP” Jackson tweeted.
There are no words for this loss. Carrie was the brightest light in every room she entered. I will miss her dearly. pic.twitter.com/GgIeYGeMt9
— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) December 27, 2016
I’m deeply saddened at the news of Carrie’s passing. She was a dear friend, whom I greatly respected and admired. The force is dark today!
— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) December 27, 2016
— Warwick Davis (@WarwickADavis) December 27, 2016