Earlier today, we learned that Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher has suffered a heart attack near the end of a flight from London to Los Angeles in the afternoon. Upon going into cardiac arrest, passengers administered CPR to Fisher, but she was "unresponsive." Once the plane landed, it took paramedics 15 minutes to get a pulse, and she was subsequently rushed to the UCLA Medical Center. At the time the news originally broke, Fisher was described as being in critical condition, but fortunately, she's now been downgraded to stable.
The AP spoke with Carrie Fisher's brother, Todd Fisher, and learned that she was "out of emergency" and is currently in stable condition. He said he could not provide any other details about what happened, but learning that the situation isn't as dire as many feared is a relief, though this is far from over. Carrie Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, and her infamous dog Gary are also at the hospital. Needless to say, many people on social media provided their support and wished Fisher to recover soon, including her Star Wars costars Mark Hamill and Peter Mayhew.
UPDATE: Todd Fisher has told Variety that Carrie Fisher has been moved from the Emergency Room to the Intensive Care Unit.
While Carrie Fisher is currently in stable condition, the fact that it took approximately 15 minutes to get a pulse is troubling. Even with this slight improvement, the coming days and weeks could prove precarious, but for now, we'll hope for the best. Best known as Princess Leia in the Star Wars saga, she has recently been promoting her memoir The Princess Diarist, which is based on the diary entries she made while filming the original Star Wars movies in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Fisher's other notable big screen credits include The Blues Brothers, Hannah and Her Sisters and When Harry Met Sally..., while on TV, she has appeared on shows like Family Guy, The Big Bang Theory, 30 Rock and most recently on the British series Catastrophe.
Warning: Star Wars spoilers are ahead!
32 years after Return of the Jedi's release, Carrie Fisher returned to a galaxy far, far away as Leia Organa Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now rocking the General title rather than Princess (unless it's C-3PO talking), her character was leading the Resistance's conflict against the First Order, and the movie's events led to her reuniting with her once-husband, Han Solo, which was unfortunately short-lived. Although Fisher did not appear in this month's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, her likeness was digitally laid over actress Ingvild Deila's face in the final minute of the movie, which led directly into A New Hope. Fisher is reprising Leia for next year's Star Wars: Episode VIII.
We'll keep you updated on Carrie Fisher's condition as more significant updates come in.