Actress Carrie Fisher died on Tuesday, days after she suffered a heart attack on a plane. Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars movies. was hit by a cardiac arrest Friday last week on a flight from London to Los Angeles.

In a statement to NBC News, Simon Halls, a representative for the Fisher family, said: "It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 855 this morning. She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly."

Fisher was on a book tour promoting the autobiography "The Princess Diarist" when the heart attack happened. The crew of a United flight, with a doctor and nurse on board, have administered emergency measure on her.

Fisher was born on October 21, 1956, from Hollywood star parents Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. She joined "Star Wars" in 1977 as a tough-talking princess who defied the Evil Empire.

She became a sex symbol for the entire generation of "Star Wars" in 1983 after she appeared in a bikini in "Star wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi."