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By Seamus Kearney
Tributes and condolences flood in for Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher

<p>Tributes continue to pour in for the Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher who died on Tuesday. </p> <p>The film’s creator, George Lucas, described Fisher as “extremely smart” and a “talented actress and writer”.</p> <p>Social media has been flooded with messages, including reaction from fellow actors such as Mark Hamill. </p> <p>“no words #Devastated,” he tweeted.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">no words <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Devastated?src=hash">#Devastated</a> <a href="https://t.co/R9Xo7IBKmh">pic.twitter.com/R9Xo7IBKmh</a></p>— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) <a href="https://twitter.com/HamillHimself/status/813816434073579521">December 27, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AFewWords?src=hash">#AFewWords</a> <a href="https://t.co/rOKiPr7gP9">pic.twitter.com/rOKiPr7gP9</a></p>— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) <a href="https://twitter.com/HamillHimself/status/813969371190083584">December 28, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Star Wars actor Warwick Davis said: “She was very, very honest and she was very, very down to earth, you know even though she was hugely famous, played this iconic character Princess Leia. </p> <p>“When she walked the red carpet she was just the everyman, she was just… she didn’t let it go to her head.”</p> <p>Fans around the world have also been paying tribute to Fisher, who died at the age of 60 after falling ill on a flight from London to Los Angeles.</p> <p>Fan Daniel Barassi said: “The way she acted, the way she projected herself, there was just the strength within her and being a role model for every other girl. I mean, come on, girls had somebody to look up to. I didn’t just have Han Solo.”</p> <p>Another fan, Nora Cubas, said: “Very empowering, empowering woman. You know, gives you strength, teaches us women that we can do better and anything possible. So, yeah, strength in women.”</p> <p>In a facebook message, Carrie Fisher’s mother Debbie Reynolds thanked everyone for embracing what she called the “gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter”.</p> <p>She added: “I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love Carrie’s Mother.”</p> <p>Here is a selection of some of the other social media messages: </p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">ACTOR</span>, <span class="caps">BILLY</span> <span class="caps">DEE</span> <span class="caps">WILLIAMS</span>, <span class="caps">WHO</span> <span class="caps">PORTRAYED</span> <span class="caps">LANDO</span> <span class="caps">CALRISSIAN</span> IN <span class="caps">EMPIRE</span> <span class="caps">STRIKES</span> <span class="caps">BACK</span> <span class="caps">AND</span> <span class="caps">RETURN</span> OF <span class="caps">THE</span> <span class="caps">JEDI</span>:</strong></p> <p>“I’m deeply saddened at the news of Carrie’s passing. She was a dear friend whom I greatly respected and admired. The force is dark today!”</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">ACTOR</span> <span class="caps">ANTHONY</span> <span class="caps">DANIELS</span>, <span class="caps">WHO</span> <span class="caps">PLAYS</span> C-3PO:</strong></p> <p>“I thought I had got what I wanted under the tree. I didn’t. In spite of so many thoughts and prayers from so many. I am very, very sad.”</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">ACTOR</span>, <span class="caps">PRODUCER</span> <span class="caps">AND</span> <span class="caps">CREATOR</span> OF “<span class="caps">FAMILY</span> <span class="caps">GUY</span>” <span class="caps">SETH</span> <span class="caps">MACFARLANE</span>:</strong></p> <p>“Carrie Fisher was smart, funny, talented, surprising, and always a hell of a fun time to be around. Family Guy will miss her immensely.”</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">ACTOR</span> <span class="caps">AND</span> <span class="caps">DIRECTOR</span> <span class="caps">ELIZABETH</span> <span class="caps">BANKS</span>:</strong></p> <p>“#CarrieFisher was so witty and provocative and unrelentingly interesting. Goddamn, I loved her. Everyone did.”</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">COMEDIAN</span>, <span class="caps">ACTOR</span> <span class="caps">AND</span> <span class="caps">TALK</span> <span class="caps">SHOW</span> <span class="caps">HOST</span> <span class="caps">ELLEN</span> <span class="caps">DEGENERES</span>”</strong></p> <p>“@CarriefFisher was a brilliant writer, actor and friend. So was so much fun. I can’t believe she’s gone.”</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">WRITER</span> <span class="caps">AND</span> <span class="caps">DIRECTOR</span> <span class="caps">EDWARD</span> <span class="caps">WRIGHT</span>:</strong></p> <p>“Farewell Carrie Fisher, the writer, actress, icon and wit. So very sad.”</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">ACTOR</span> <span class="caps">AND</span> <span class="caps">DIRECTOR</span> <span class="caps">JON</span> <span class="caps">FAVREAU</span>:</strong></p> <p>“Such a sad day for her family, friends and millions of fans. Carrie Fisher is deeply missed.”</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">ACTOR</span> <span class="caps">WILLIAM</span> <span class="caps">SHATNER</span>:</strong></p> <p>“I’m deeply saddened to learn of the death of Carrie Fisher. I will miss our banterings. A wonderful talent & light has been extinguished.”</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">WRESTLER</span> <span class="caps">CHRIS</span> <span class="caps">JERICHO</span>:</strong></p> <p>“Just had to pull over on the side of the highway, to shed a tear for #CarrieFisher. Still one of…instagram.com/p/BOh9NhjjFmx/</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">TALK</span> <span class="caps">SHOW</span> <span class="caps">HOST</span> <span class="caps">GRAHAM</span> <span class="caps">NORTON</span>:</strong></p> <p>“Numb. Unbelievable that such a bright funning loving spark could be extinguished. @carriefisher you will be missed. I wish you peace.”</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">MAYOR</span> OF <span class="caps">LONDON</span> <span class="caps">SADIQ</span> <span class="caps">KHAN</span>:</strong></p> <p>“Inspiring, entertaining, & a real cultural icon. Rest in peace Carrie Fisher – a true talent who will be much missed.”</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">COMEDIAN</span>, TV <span class="caps">HOST</span> <span class="caps">AND</span> <span class="caps">CEO</span> OF “<span class="caps">NERDIST</span> <span class="caps">INDUSTRIES</span>” <span class="caps">CHRIS</span> <span class="caps">HARDWICK</span>:</strong></p> <p>“Amazing princess. Kickass warrior. Incredible writer. Kind soul. My first crush at 6. <span class="caps">RIP</span> Carrie Fisher…galaxies of fans mourn your loss.”</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">ACTOR</span> <span class="caps">AND</span> <span class="caps">COMEDIAN</span> <span class="caps">KUMAIL</span> <span class="caps">NANJIANI</span>:</strong></p> <p>“R.I.P. Carrie Fisher. See her again on talk shows was such a thrill. So hilarious & fearless when she was being herself.”</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">ACTOR</span> DJ <span class="caps">QUALLS</span>:</strong></p> <p>“Heartbreaking to hear of Carrie Fisher’s passing, Knowing and working with her is something Ill never forget. A true American original.”</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">COMEDIAN</span> <span class="caps">AND</span> <span class="caps">OSCAR</span> <span class="caps">WINNING</span> <span class="caps">ACTOR</span> <span class="caps">WHOOPI</span> <span class="caps">GOLDBERG</span>:</strong></p> <p>“Carrie Fisher has passed, she was funnier & smarter than anyone had a the right to be. Sail on Silver Girl. Condolences Debbie & Billie R.I.P.”</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">ACTOR</span>, <span class="caps">COMEDIAN</span>, <span class="caps">WRITER</span> <span class="caps">AND</span> <span class="caps">MUSICIAN</span> <span class="caps">STEVE</span> <span class="caps">MARTIN</span>:</strong></p> <p>“When I was a young man, Carrie Fisher she was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. She turned out to be witty and bright as well.”</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">ACTOR</span> <span class="caps">AND</span> <span class="caps">COMEDIAN</span> <span class="caps">WHITNEY</span> <span class="caps">CUMMINGS</span>:</strong></p> <p>“I don’t want my life to imitate art, I want my life to be art.’ – Carrie Fisher”</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">BASKETBALL</span> <span class="caps">PLAYER</span> <span class="caps">JAMAL</span> <span class="caps">CRAWFORD</span>:</strong></p> <p>“Rip Carrie Fisher…”</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">ACTOR</span> <span class="caps">DOMINIC</span> <span class="caps">MONAGHAN</span>:</strong></p> <p>“You will always be my first crush and the force will always be with you @carrieffisher #rip #CarrieFisher</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">ALBERT</span> <span class="caps">BROOKS</span>:</strong></p> <p>“R.I.P Carrie Fisher. A brilliantly funny, talent woman. We will miss your humor now more than ever.”</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">THE</span> <span class="caps">BAND</span> <span class="caps">GARBAGE</span>:</strong></p> <p>“It got Carrie Fisher too. This year is a monster.”</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">ACTOR</span> <span class="caps">AND</span> <span class="caps">COMEDIAN</span> <span class="caps">DANE</span> <span class="caps">COOK</span>:</strong></p> <p>“The news of Carrie Fisher passing away is simply terrible. I had my action figures & Stay Wars cards an out in the a show of support this week.”</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">MUSICIAN</span> <span class="caps">DAVE</span> <span class="caps">NAVARRO</span>:</strong></p> <p>“I saw Star Wars IV over 50 times in the theater in 1977. @carrieffisher helped shape my entire life! <span class="caps">RIP</span> :(”</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">ACTOR</span>, <span class="caps">WRITER</span>, <span class="caps">DIRECTOR</span> <span class="caps">ZACH</span> <span class="caps">BRAFF</span>:</strong></p> <p>“Carrie Fisher. <span class="caps">RIP</span>. What a talent. What a year.”</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">ACTOR</span> <span class="caps">AND</span> <span class="caps">INTERNET</span> <span class="caps">STAR</span> <span class="caps">FELICIA</span> <span class="caps">DAY</span>:</strong></p> <p>“My life as a kid was to have buns like Leia. I had a definitely flammable Star Wars bedspread cause of her. <span class="caps">RIP</span> @carrieffisher”</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> TV <span class="caps">HOST</span> <span class="caps">AND</span> <span class="caps">PRODUCER</span> <span class="caps">RYAN</span> <span class="caps">SEACREST</span>:</strong></p> <p>“Thoughts and prayers to Carrie Fisher’s family”</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">ACTOR</span> <span class="caps">GREG</span> <span class="caps">GRUNBERG</span>:</strong></p> <p>“I’m heartbroken! Such a special person gone way too soon. I will forever miss #CarrieFisher. <span class="caps">RIP</span>”</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">WRITER</span>, <span class="caps">COMEDIAN</span> <span class="caps">AND</span> <span class="caps">ACTOR</span> <span class="caps">JOEL</span> <span class="caps">HODGSON</span>:</strong></p> <p>“Sorry to hear about the passing of Carrie Fisher, a blazing wit and outspoken mental health advocate and princess.”</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">ACTOR</span> <span class="caps">AND</span> <span class="caps">COMEDIAN</span> <span class="caps">BOBBY</span> <span class="caps">MOYNIHAN</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">SATURDAY</span> <span class="caps">NIGHT</span> <span class="caps">LIVE</span>:</strong></p> <p>“Love you @carriefisher</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">TWEET</span> <span class="caps">FROM</span> <span class="caps">ACTOR</span> <span class="caps">MAYIM</span> <span class="caps">BIALIK</span>, <span class="caps">STAR</span> OF <span class="caps">BIG</span> <span class="caps">BANG</span> <span class="caps">THEORY</span>:</strong></p> <p>“What a woman #CarrieFisher”</p>