Carrie Fisher “stopped breathing” after suffering cardiac arrest

Star Wars actress was taken ill on a flight home from London to LA

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Star Wars star Carrie Fisher has been taken to hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest on a London to Los Angeles flight, according to reports.

Celebrity news website TMZ said the actress was given CPR by passengers on board before the plane landed at LAX and she was taken to a nearby hospital.

US actress Anna Akana tweeted about seeing the 60-year-old, who starred as Princess Leia in the sci-fi franchise, fall ill.

Carrie has been on tour promoting her memoirs titled The Princess Diarist.

Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew, who starred as Wookie Chewbacca alongside Fisher, tweeted his thoughts.

A spokeswoman for police at LAX airport said: “Los Angeles police responded at 12.15pm to Terminal 7 regarding a female victim who went into cardiac arrest.

“Upon arrival the LAFD (Los Angeles Fire Department) was already performing CPR on the victim and the victim was transported to a local hospital for further medical treatment.”

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