Star Wars' Princess Leia actress Carrie Fisher on ventilator after suffering a heart attack

IANS

Dec 24, 2016 12:38:50 IST

Los Angeles: Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher suffered a massive heart attack while on a plane on Friday and was put on a ventilator, reports said on Saturday.

Star Wars Princess Leia actress Carrie Fisher on ventilator after suffering a heart attack

Carrie Fisher. AP Photo

Fisher, 60, who famously plays 'Princess Leia' in the sci-fi saga, was flying from London to Los Angeles to promote her new book, the BBC reported.

Reports said she suddenly went into a cardiac arrest just 15 minutes before the flight was scheduled to land.

A frantic flight attendant asked if there were any medical personnel on board, and an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) who was sitting in the back of the plane rushed up to the first class to administer Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

When the plane landed, paramedics were waiting on the tarmac to rush Fisher to UCLA Medica Center.

The actress was unresponsive at the time, and an EMS crew had to work on her for 15 minutes before they got a pulse.

Her brother Todd said she was in intensive care in Los Angeles.

"If everyone could just pray for her that would be good," he said. The doctors are doing their thing and we don't want to bug them. We are waiting by patiently."

Meanwhile, celebrities tweeted their wishes for Fisher's recovery.

"Sending all our love" to Fisher," Mark Hamill tweeted.

Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars franchise, wrote on Twitter: "Thoughts and prayers for our friend and everyone's favourite princess right now."

Many sent Fisher words of comfort and encouragement, including Stranger Things actor Gaten Matarazzo, who wrote "May the force be with you Carrie Fisher".

Others expressed dismay at the turn of events, even blaming 2016 for the incident.

Patton Oswalt tweeted: "Goddamit 2016 enough already."

Comedian Billy Eichner wrote: "We are not losing Carrie Fisher. Do you hear me? We are not losing Carrie Fisher. Love you."

"Send love prayers and the kitchen sink to my sister Carrie Fisher F**k no. F**k no", Courtney Love Cobain posted.

"No. No. No. Praying for Carrie Fisher," Josh Gad posted.

Updated Date: Dec 24, 2016 13:15:02 IST