Carrie Fisher, the actor beloved for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, is being treated in intensive care after suffering a serious heart attack on a flight to Los Angeles from London, her brother has said.
Todd Fisher said the 60-year-old Star Wars legend was receiving treatment in an intensive care unit of a Los Angeles hospital after suffering a medical emergency on the United Airlines flight from London on Friday.
He added his older sister was receiving excellent care, but said he could not classify her condition. He had earlier told reporters that she had been stabilised and was out of the emergency room.
But he later clarified his comments: “It’s not fair to say ‘stable’. I am not saying she is fine, or not fine,” he told Reuters by telephone. “She is in the ICU.” But in a subsequent interview he said many details about her condition or what caused the medical emergency are unknown.
There was no confirmation of the Star Wars actor’s condition from emergency services. Erik Scott, a spokesman for the Los Angeles fire department, told the Guardian: “At 12.11pm the Los Angeles fire department responded to LAX airport for a patient in cardiac arrest.
“Firefighters aggressively provided advanced medical life support and transported the patient to a local area hospital.”
A large gathering of reporters was camped outside the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica where TMZ and the Los Angeles Times reported she had been taken.