Carrie Fisher passed away Tuesday morning at age 60, days after suffering cardiac arrest on a flight returning to Los Angeles from London.
Harrison Ford, whom she had an off and on screen love affair with in Star Wars, said in a statement to Inside Edition: "Carrie was one-of-a-kind…brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely...My thoughts are with her daughter Billie, her mother Debbie, her brother Todd, and her many friends. We will all miss her."
Fisher, the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and entertainer Eddie Fisher, reportedly suffered a heart attack 15 minutes before her flight landed at LAX. She was returning to L.A. after a book tour overseas.
The actress, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, had a long history of drug and alcohol abuse. She documented those years in her autobiographies, 2009’s Wishful Drinking and November's The Princess Diarist.
In her most recent book, she recounted when she, at 19, had an affair with Ford, who was 33 and married with two children at the time.
"I looked over at Harrison. A hero's face — a few strands of hair fell over his noble, slightly furrowed brow," she wrote. "How could you ask such a shining specimen of a man to be satisfied with the likes of me? I was so inexperienced, but I trusted something about him. He was kind."
She also wrote the semi-autobiographical book, Postcards from the Edge, in 1987, which is about a woman trying to put her life together following an overdose.
Friends, fans and former colleagues of the actress paid tribute to her on social media.
Such a sad day for her family, friends and millions of fans. Carrie Fisher is deeply missed.— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) December 27, 2016
R.I.P. Carrie Fisher. A brilliantly funny, talented woman. We will miss your humor now more than ever.— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) December 27, 2016
If I heard Carrie Fisher was going to make an appearance I wanted to see it. U know ur special when Meryl Streep plays YOU in a movie. RIP.— billy eichner (@billyeichner) December 27, 2016
I'm deeply saddened to learn of the death of Carrie Fisher. I will miss our banterings. A wonderful talent & light has been extinguished.— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) December 27, 2016
Amazing princess. Kickass warrior. Incredible writer. Kind soul. My first crush at 6. RIP Carrie Fisher...galaxies of fans mourn your loss.— Chris Hardwick (@hardwick) December 27, 2016
Other Star Wars co-stars, Mark Hamill and Billy Dee Williams, were among those mourning her passing Tuesday.
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
I thought I had got what I wanted under the tree. I didn't. In spite of so many thoughts and prayers from so many. I am very, very sad.— Anthony Daniels (@ADaniels3PO) December 27, 2016
As did Peter Mayhew, who portrayed Chewbacca, shared his thoughts and rare photos of Fisher.
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
The Hannah and Her Sisters star was married once, to folk singer Paul Simon in 1993. The marriage lasted only one year.
She had one child in 1992, Billie Catherine Lourd, with her partner, Bryan Lourd, whom she was with in the early 90s before her marriage to Simon.