Iconic Star Wars actress and celebrated writer Carrie Fisher has died at the age of 60, a family spokesperson said Tuesday. "It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning," Simon Halls said in a statement to People. "She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.​"

Fisher, the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, was beloved for her legendary Star Wars role as Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan and her post-Star Wars career as a successful screenwriter and author. Fisher released the semi-autobiographical Postcards from the Edge in 1987, a hit novel she later adapted into a Mike Nichols-directed movie starring Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep:

Speaking with Rolling Stone in October in promotion of her most recent book The Princess Diarist, Fisher outlined the "important rules" she recommended living by. "Be kind," Fisher said. "Don't hurt other people. It's all the sort of Christian ethics stuff I thought was bullshit when I was a kid. No, it turns out it's not bullshit. Tell the truth, be kind, all that corny stuff."

Fisher had a heart attack aboard a flight from London to Los Angeles Friday, TMZ reported. Paramedics removed Fisher from the flight and rushed her to UCLA Medical Center, with her mother tweeting the family's thanks to fans and friends for their support. Fisher reportedly never regained consciousness, later dying in the hospital.

Production on Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode VIII wrapped back in July. The sequel follows last year's The Force Awakens, featuring Fisher's return as General Leia Organa alongside fellow original franchise stars Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford.

Rest in power, Carrie Fisher.