While 2016 has been a historic year for venerable Hollywood stars passing away, this last ditch effort for the year that never ended is not going down without taking a bit more from our collective past. Carrie Fisher, better known to all of us as Princess Leia, passed away early this morning, Dec 27th 2016 at around 9 a.m.. In response, Hamill had not been able to put together more than a simple post which read as “no words #devastated”. But later he was able to write this touching tribute.
It’s never easy to lose such a vital, irreplaceable member of the family, but this is downright heartbreaking. Carrie was one-of-a-kind who belonged to us all- whether she liked it or not. She was OUR Princess, damn it, & the actress who played her blurred into one gorgeous, fiercely independent & ferociously funny, take-charge woman who took our collective breath away. Determined & tough, but with a vulnerability that made you root for her & want her to succeed & be happy. She played such a crucial role in my professional & personal life, & both would have been far emptier without her. I am grateful for the laughter, the wisdom, the kindness & even the bratty, self-indulgent crap my beloved space-twin gave me through the years. Thanks Carrie. I love you, mh
In a long line of Hollywood elite and American icons passing away, Fisher is but the latest. Musicians have also suffered a huge loss with artists like Prince, David Bowie and most recently George Michael passing away. As the Country mourns, we all take with us the most important contributions of these great people, their art. We celebrate them with the best they leave behind. We listen to music or remember walks on the moon. In this case, I personally, will be watching one Princess Leia save the galaxy yet again. May the force be with us all moving into 2017.