Actress Carrie Fisher is in critical condition after a 'cardiac episode' on flight from London to L.A.
Richard WintonContact Reporter
“Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher was in critical condition Friday after suffering a “cardiac episode” during a flight from London to Los Angeles, according to emergency officials.
Fisher, 60, was rushed to the hospital by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics shortly after noon, after her flight touched down at LAX.
A source who was not authorized to discuss the incident said the actress was “in a lot of distress on the flight.”
A statement released by United Airlines said that medical personnel met flight 935 from London upon arrival after the crew reported a passenger was unresponsive.
“Our thoughts are with our customer at this time,” the statement read.
According to the LAX Police Department, officers responded to Terminal 7 around 12:15 p.m., for a call of a female passenger in cardiac arrest. Upon arriving, they found paramedics performing CPR on the victim, according to Officer Alicia Hernandez.
Fisher, who rose to stardom as Princess Leia, recently published an autobiography titled the “Princess Diarist,” her eighth book.
She is the daughter of famous Hollywood couple Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher.
Fisher is considered Hollywood royalty who has written and spoken openly about her struggles in Hollywood. She took on her prickly relationship with her mother in the book-to-movie "Postcards From the Edge.” She’s also been outspoken about her mental-health issues and the solution she's found -- radical-sounding electroshock therapy.
The 60-year-old actress was rushed to the hospital from LAX after suffering a cardiac episode on a flight from London to L.A.
Los Angeles Times UPDATE: Just prior to arrival, the pilot on Carrie Fisher's flight told ground control that nurses were administering CPR to an unresponsive female passenger. LAX police said they responded to a call for a female passenger in cardiac arrest.