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'Star Wars' Actress Daisy Ridley Issues Emotional Statement Following Friend Carrie Fisher's Death

'Devastated at this monumental loss.'

Daisy Ridley Issues Emotional Statement Following Friend Carrie Fisher's Death

Family, friends, and fans alike lost a hero in Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher on Tuesday, Dec. 27. After suffering a heart attack on a Los Angeles-bound flight on Friday, Dec. 23, the 60-year-old was transported to a LA hospital and never recovered.

In the days following Fisher's passing, legendary colleagues and co-stars have made their mourning public, if only to show solidarity with the rest of those who feel broken after her death. On Tuesday afternoon, Mark Hamill tweeted out his own brief statement, simply sharing that he was hurting.

"no words," the former Luke Skywalker wrote, hashtagging the word "#Devastated" alongside a picture of Fisher and himself as Luke and Princess Leia.

"It's never easy to lose such a vital, irreplaceable member of the family, but this is downright heartbreaking," he followed up in a Facebook post. "Carrie was one-of-a-kind who belonged to us all – whether she liked it or not. She was our Princess, damn it, and the actress who played her blurred into one gorgeous, fiercely independent and ferociously funny, take-charge woman who took our collective breath away. Determined and tough, but with a vulnerability that made you root for her and want her to succeed and be happy."


Actress Daisy Ridley, who played Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and reprises her role in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII, also released an emotional statement on Tuesday:

"Devastated at this monumental loss. How lucky we all are to have known her, and how awful that we have to say goodbye."


Ridley, who is the same age as Fisher's 24-year-old daughter Billie Lourd, clearly shared not only a friendship with Fisher, but saw the actress as a role model.

During a chat with Interview magazine in 2015, Fisher told Ridley to "keep fighting against that slave outfit."

"People have been asking me about crushes out of the original [Star Wars] film," Ridley told Fisher at the time, "and I say you every time. They were like, 'Is there anyone you particularly look up to?' And I'm like, 'Well, Carrie, obviously.'"

"That's good," Fisher responded. "You didn't like Mark [Hamill] or Harrison [Ford]? This is the only time we'd ever have this conversation."

"Of course, I like them both!" Ridley said. "But you're a kick-ass woman."

Read more of that Interview here.

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