Carrie Fisher in ‘Stable Condition,’ Says Debbie Reynolds

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Carrie Fisher is now in “stable condition,” according to her mother, Debbie Reynolds.

Reynolds tweeted the news Sunday about her daughter, Carrie, who had suffered a full cardiac arrest on Friday. “If there is a change in her condition we will share it,” she wrote on Twitter. “For all her fans fans & friends. I thank you for your prayers & good wishes.”

The actress has been in intensive care after suffering a heart attack on Friday while aboard an airplane headed from London to Los Angeles. She was moved from the emergency room to the Intensive Care Unit hours later, her brother, Todd Fisher, told Variety Friday evening.

“She’s in the ICU and everybody’s praying for her,” he told Variety in a phone interview. “There’s nothing new from the doctors. There’s nothing new at all. … There’s no good news or bad news.”

Airport police responded at approximately 12:15 p.m. PT to a woman with a medical emergency on a plane at LAX International Airport’s Terminal 7, public information officer Alicia Hernandez told Variety.

Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics were already on the scene, performing CPR on a female victim who had gone into cardiac arrest, when airport police arrived. She was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.

Fisher, 60, reportedly went into cardiac arrest about 15 minutes before the plane landed following the 11-hour flight, TMZ first reported. She was reportedly taken to UCLA Medical Center and placed on a ventilator.

LAFD spokesman Erik Scott said paramedics were standing by for the plane’s arrival at 12:11 p.m., and immediately provided “advanced life support, aggressively treated, and transported” the patient to a local hospital.

United Airlines released a statement on Friday afternoon.

“Medical personnel met United flight 935 from London to Los Angeles upon arrival today after the crew reported that a passenger was unresponsive,” the statement reads, which was obtained by Variety. “Our thoughts are with our customer at this time, and any requests for additional information should be directed to local authorities.”

According to air traffic control conversation between the tower and the pilot of United 935, at 12:13 p.m., passengers and nurses were assisting the unresponsive passenger before the plane landed.

Reps for Fisher did not respond to Variety‘s request for comment.

Her “Star Wars” costars, fellow actors, and others in Hollywood sent the actress well wishes.

Harrison Ford wrote in a statement acquired by Variety, “I’m shocked and saddened to hear the news about my dear friend. Our thoughts are with Carrie, her family and friends.”

Others took to social media. “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 favorite princess right now.”

Several people who say they were on board the airplane with Fisher broke the news on Twitter. “Don’t know how else to process this but Carrie Fisher stopped breathing on the flight home. Hope she’s gonna be OK,” wrote filmmaker and YouTuber Anna Akana.

Comedian Brad Gage wrote, “I’m in complete shock. Anna Akana and I sat in front of Carrie Fisher on our flight from London and she was just taken off the plane by EMTs.”

Fisher, known for playing Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” franchise, has recently been on tour promoting her memoir “The Princess Diarist.” She had been filming the Amazon series “Catastrophe,” starring Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, a few days earlier in London. Fisher plays Delaney’s caustic mother, Mia, on the show.

She recently reprised her role as Princess Leia (now General Leia) in last year’s box office phenomenon “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

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  1. bharrington378 says:

    Leave me alone please. Thanks 

    Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device

  2. Linda Temples says:

    Carrie, Our prayers are with you; you are very much loved.

  3. Gahan says:

    Sad news. Life is short. Cherish it.

  4. BathhouseBarry says:

    Hammil had to get in a feeble leftist dig about the election. Deranged classless dolt.

    • TCF says:

      Or maybe he was speaking about all the celebrities that have died this past year – many of whom I’m sure he knew and were friends with. Like his Star Wars co-star Kenny Baker who passed a few months ago for example.
      Show some respect and don’t drag politics into this.

    • James Steele says:

      I saw that also… tasteless and 2nd rate actor. Just because a corrupt and directionless politician thought that she was owed the office, Hamill should keep his trap shut. You lost… It’s much more important that Fisher recover… keep your political beliefs to yourself. We’re not interested in what actors think about politics.

      • Michael Anthony says:

        Only a paranoid right winger would read politics in Hamill words. Show some respect. Everyone’s said on how hard it’s been to lose too many this year.

  5. Mary George says:

    God bless you Miss Carrie. I want everyone that is on this comment site to please pray for Miss Fisher and for her family who must devastated.Merry Christmas to all.

  6. Paul Rivera says:

    Most Ironic. The new Star Wars is directly connected to Star Wars IV the first Movie. It directly links up before the point with her giving R2 that emergency message.

  7. My thoughts are with Carrie Fisher and her parents. And with Philip Seymour Heavensbee.

  8. Barbara says:

    My prayers are with you Carrie Fisher. Always and forever

    My father is in ICU as well.

  9. Eaton Beaver says:

    I liked her role as John Belushi’s “jilted fiance”
    in The Blues Brothers

  10. Martin Nochi says:

    The American culture starting its long decline about the time Star Wars came along in the late 1970s..made growing up kind of optional. So the country is infested with man-boys instead of men. Funny thing is, they think they are cooler than real men, like in the Great Generation!

  11. Those movies Spielberg made are the closest most people get to understanding Yahweh, Satan, Jesus, Mary, Rebecca & the Holy Spirit. Realizing that actors are human beings, like the rest of us only drives us to the real deal, The HOLY BIBLE for the answers. Let the truth be spoken.

  12. Kevin Brent says:

    The two one the plane with here, just had to go tweet about it and make it all about THEM. And, then Sissywalker has to make a veiled reference to his electile dysfunction as if who got elected has the slightest bit of bearing on Carrie’s condition.

  13. My prayer for Carrie is that she should survive with her character brother. And together rule Steve’s Cosmos.

  14. James Blair says:

    Hamill says “as if 2016 couldn’t get any worse… ” – confused what he means. I thought the latest Star Wars movie was released in 2015?

  15. not breathing for 10 minutes? always dire.

  16. Dennis Newman says:

    I read Hamill’s comment to refer to the great many celebrities, particularly musicians, we’ve lost recently, not as a political diatribe. Speaking of diatribes, look at how commenters hijack every news post everywhere to opine about news events, politics, and others’ health status, largely without facts as is often the case herein. I’ll just mention that Ms. Fisher was apparently stricken after a long flight at 8,000 feet pressurization, probably much of it spent sedentary, possibly with sudden pressure change upon steep descent, which can increase cardiovascular risks for those predisposed; and that, while all kinds of personal behavior can of course affect one’s risk for cardiac arrest, the fact is that still a great many occur with little or no advance warning, i.e., the first symptom of heart disease is sudden death; and that one of the few places where it actually makes sense to locate Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) is airports, based on the numbers of arrests seen at such venues, and the relative chance of saving a life here and there. This is apparently because of the above-mentioned and other stressors (lugging heavy bags, worrying over making flights, etc.). I don’t follow celebrities much. I did happen to see Fisher’s one-woman B’way show, Wishful Drinking, and found it to be very entertaining and honest about over-the-top celebrity culture.

  17. 10 minutes without breathing is not good. More than likely machines are keeping her alive and at some point they’ll have to make the decision to remove life support. Sad.

  18. jm says:

    This makes Drudge’s front page news?

  19. Su Yu says:

    “as if 2016 could get any worse..”…..is that a dig at the President-Elect Mark Hamill?….using this to make a political point…

  20. Robert says:

    TO VARIETY: Thank you for moderating and removing some of the highly offensive comments. It is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  21. Susan S. says:

    Why does your headline say “heart attack”? She was in cardiac arrest. Not the same thing. I don’t believe a heart attack has been confirmed.

  22. Stan Keybum says:

    She’s very lucky it didn’t happen in the middle of the Atlantic. Her guardian angel was looking out for her!

  23. cogerson says:

    She feels like a family member. Hoping for good news. Did a look at her career…because it made me feel better.

  24. Classless Mark Hammill, an obsessed NeverTrump’r, can’t help making a vague reference to the election, “as if 2016 couldn’t get any worse,” in the Fisher family’s time of uncertainty. Such a sad little man.

    • Scott A says:

      Actually I took it to mean that we STILL have to deal with Obama and that 2017 will be better because Trump will become president

    • UsedtolikeTrump says:

      I can’t get over how sensitive Trumpettes are. They see slights to their dear leader in everything they read, and it’s so, so unfair! Go find a safe space, little snowflake, because being President means that you need to be able to take some criticism. Believe it or not, some people will even try to delegitimize the president by claiming that he’s not American. (Only true scoundrels do that, though).

      • Mary George says:

        You are not telling the entire truth.Oh YE Hypocrites.

      • Barbara Harr says:

        Whom ever Mary George is too bad. Just too. I’m in FL. With him. Now leave me alone. Mean person

      • JimmiP says:

        His comment was in response to someone’s insensitivity to the grief and bereavement of the family and friends of a critically ill person by making an inappropriate implied political statement. There’s a time and a place for those things, just not now or here.

  25. joeinpa says:

    Wow, hope she doesn’t suffer, she has had a long and fruitfull life, interesting Mark seems negative about 2016, maybe hes ill as well, 60 is not young im almost 60, when its your time I sure hope you have the sense not to be worrying about things of this earth, may alter where you go

  26. Art Bralick says:

    My prayers for you Carrie, and your family as well. May the Force be with you.

  27. Rolando Vermicelli says:

    Hamill. What a jerk. He couldn’t even wish his friend well without complaining about the election. Hey Hamill, if I were Carrie Fisher, I would consider it to be a huge insult. You need to apologize to her and her family.

    • Justme77 says:

      God bless Ms Fisher and her family. Also, I am putting good money on the fact that the medical personnel on the plane were Trump voters. Take that, Hammill.

  28. Sandra Neil says:

    Found the Drudgebot.

  29. RJWolfe says:

    2016 has been terrible for many other reasons beyond Trump bring elected, but go ahead and keep feeling like you’re the victim here.

  30. sailordude says:

    “as if 2016 couldn’t get any worse… ” What does that mean Mark? You were probably both stressing out about Hillary losing and one of you had a heart attack over it! Get well Carrie, don’t stress, America is going to be great again and if you can’t act anymore they will CGI a double for you.

  31. babette says:

    I hope she recovers and lives a long healthy life ..

    • Sully not the pilot says:

      This is the best comment I’ve seen, and the most heartfelt. People please stop beating the election up in the midst of a persons critical medical situation.

  32. ghost says:

    Get well soon Ms. Fisher! 2016 has been a terrible year for celebrities, actors and musicians….please don’t take Carrie!!

  33. charlycharly says:

    doing drugs most of your life not a great idea btw.

  34. kitiara916 says:

    Perhaps Mark Hamill is referring to the loss of so many actors, musicians and artists, this year.

  35. kidfromctown says:

    Ms Fisher has had a history of self abuse. Medications and social use of drugs have altered effects on one own body. Heart attack can occur to any adult however lifestyle plays a huge part of it. Unfortunately people die each year who ignore risks of cardiac disease. Mark Hamill needs to keep comments to encouraging a hopeful recovery.

    • babette says:

      kidfromctown, you don’t really know what her “history” is but I agree, why comment if not to say something positive ?

      • kidfromctown says:

        Her history is documented in countless interviews and books. I didnt mean to be insensitive. How you treat your body leads to unhealthy future.

    • elisebabe says:

      True but this is not the time to bring up her past, it’s Christmas, be nice. As for Mark Hamill, he should try to remember that half the country had a great year with the election of Donald Trump. I assume that’s what he is getting at with his ill-chosen comments. Again, now is not the time, Mark.

  36. TDS says:

    She brought much enjoyment to all. God Bless and hope she gets better.

  37. Movie lover says:

    Very Christmas-y comment, and very sadly inappropriate. Mark Hamill´s talent, of course, can easily take your abuse. Shame on you, though.

  38. nearboston says:

    You had to?

  39. nearboston says:

    Wow…. Merry Christmas

  40. nearboston says:

    Damn you Darth Vadar

  41. Sherry Lee says:

    May the force be with you, Ms Fisher.

  42. Jojopanama says:

    What a day you had yesterday!! Obama will be sorely missed by you, as no other president will ever be so horrible to the Jewish people. No wonder the suffering of others didn’t even phase you yesterday, as long as the Israelis suffer, you’re feeling good!!

  43. KE says:

    Prayers are with Carrie Fisher for complete healing and for Mark Hamill who apparently can’t leave his politics out of comments that essentially talk over his own sentiments and well wishes for Ms. Fisher. Sad and very tacky.

  44. Jojopanama says:

    Mark Hammill. It was a great year, just not for you or Carrie. Cubs win the world series, middle America gets a voice in government. Sorry about the horrible things that happened like the war in Syria, Obama screwing over the Israelis, releasing thugs and terrorists. But, 2017 will see Carrie and Obama both in a better place.

  45. xfiler93 says:

    Time, life and death exclude no one, no one at all.

  46. Mike Garcia says:

    How sad

  47. deanfromohio says:

    Mark Hamill basks in the afterglow of the most popular and enriching movie ever, had a grandchild born and says 2016 is an awful year? The ungratefulness of the Left is staggering. Pray for Mark Hamill!

    • Jojopanama says:

      Hammill is unable to see outside his tiny world. So many great things happened to lots of us, and we just try to ignore these snowflakes and libs telling us all that’s wrong with their tiny lives. Heart attacks happen to lots of people, and don’t make the news. I wish Carrie the best, but Mark needs to get a life before he dies, as he will eventually, sorry even you Hollywood libs only live on in reruns.

    • COPERNICUS says:

      No kidding a new year is an artificial construct of time. Series is vastly overrated and gutless.

    • Chris Sutton says:

      It’s possible he is talking about all of the people who died in 2016. Prince, David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Muhammad Ali, Gene Wilder, lots of people have died this year.

      • Mary George says:

        Millions maybe billions have died in 2016.Actors are not the ONLY ones that matter in Gods great plan.Merry Christmas.

      • Tim Cohen says:

        2016 is no different than other years, just different names:
        2015 -Natalie Cole, Robert Loggia, Fre Thompson, Maureen O’Hara, Paul Prudhomme, Billy Joe Royal
        2014 -Shirley Temple, Pete Seeger, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lauren Bacall, Robin Williams, Joan Rivers
        2013 -Roger Ebert, James Gandolfini, Paul Walker, Jean Stapleton, George Jones, Esther Williams
        etc, etc, etc.

      • Jojopanama says:

        Plastic people dying is not a tragedy for real working taxpayers who have to listen to these fools tell us how to vote and live. I love some of their talents, but their private lives are mostly despicable and immoral.

      • laxmom3 says:

        If that’s what he meant he would have said it…or something to that effect. He is a VERY vocal President-elect Trump hater…just like all the other liberal snowflakes out there.

  48. Johnny says:

    Great comment, Mark – Can’t drop the political inferences, I see…

  49. Keyth Danielsen says:

    I feel really sorry for Carrie Fisher. Even though a lot of her problems have been self-inflicted through drug abuse and poor choices, she seems to have had a hard life. She was scheduled to be at a comic convention here in Seattle a few years back and had to cancel due to a flare-up of bipolar disorder. I was so disappointed. I’d had my $70 ponied up to meet and get an autograph from Princess Leia in the flesh. Hope a medical miracle occurs and she has a full recovery from this heart attack.

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