Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher has died, aged just 60, four days after she suffered a huge heart attack onboard a transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles.

The actress, who played Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise died this morning. A statement said: “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning. She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

Her deaths comes four days after she suffered a heart attack while on her way home to Los Angeles from London, where she had been promoting her memoirs. She had been heading back to California to celebrate the festive season with her family.

It is understood that a nurse, who was onboard the flight, rushed to her aid, administering CPR to Ms Fisher, who stopped breathing for around 10 minutes. The pilot told air traffic control to have paramedics standing by and she was immediately rushed to hospital, where she was reported to be in a critical condition, and then stable.

She is survived by her daughter, and by her mother, the actress Debbie Reynolds, 84. Ms Fisher was asked whether she feared death in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine just a month ago. She said that she didn’t fear death, but that she feared the pain associated with dying.

Celebrity tributes

Fellow celebrities have been paying tribute to fisher on social media. Graham Norton, whose show Ms Fisher had appeared on earlier this month said he felt numb, adding: “Unbelievable that such a bright funny loving spark could be extinguished.”

Meanwhile, Friday Night Light and Nashville star Connie Britton added: “Carrie Fisher you were a force throughout your life. And went away too soon dammit. RIP. And 2016 you suck.”