George Lucas and Steven Spielberg are feeling the loss of their close friend and collaborator, Carrie Fisher.
The beloved Star Wars
actress died on Tuesday
after going into cardiac arrest
during a flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday. Lucas, the creator of the Star Wars
franchise, released a statement on Tuesday reacting to the sad news, calling Fisher the series' "great and powerful princess."
"Carrie and I have been friends most of our adult lives," Lucas, 72, noted. "She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved. In Star Wars she was our great and powerful princess -- feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think. My heart and prayers are with Billie, Debbie and all Carrie's family, friends and fans. She will be missed by all."
Spielberg, 70, worked with Fisher on 1980's The Blues Brothers. He's also, of course, close friends with Lucas as well as Fisher's Star Wars love interest, Harrison Ford, whom he directed in the Indiana Jones films.
"I have always stood in awe of Carrie," Spielberg said in a statement. "Her observations always made me laugh and gasp at the same time. She didn't need The Force. She was a force of nature, of loyalty and of friendship. I will miss her very much."
Ford also praised Fisher in his own statement on Fisher's death. "Carrie was one-of-a-kind…brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless," the 74-year-old actor said in a statement to ET. "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."
"No words," Mark Hamill captioned a black-and-white throwback photo of the pair on Twitter, dressed in character as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, respectively. "#devastated."
"There are no words for this loss," Peter Mayhew, who plays Chewbacca, also tweeted. "Carrie was the brightest light in every room she entered. I will miss her dearly."
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