Farewell, Princess – Dagobah Day #25

Lucasfilm/Disney

Lucasfilm/Disney

When I saw Rogue One, I expected that it would be the subject of the twenty-fifth Dagobah Day. Then, a couple of days ago, Carrie Fisher suffered a heart attack during a flight. I had hoped and prayed that she would survive it, but I’ve just learned that our Princess has passed away. 

Inconsolable. Absolutely inconsolable. I don’t know what to say, write, or do. So forgive me if this becomes tough to read. I just need to do something, and the only thing I can do is to write about our Princess. So where do I begin? There’s only really one place to begin: with the original Star Wars films.

Carrie Fisher deserved the same amount of credit as Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford have always gotten. Leia, like Luke and Han, is an iconic hero with no equal. Fisher showed people like me what a great heroine looks like. What the greatest heroine looks like.

But now our wonderful Princess is one with the Force. Obviously, though, there was more to Carrie than just Star Wars. She was a hero and a role model both in Star Wars and in real life. And make no mistake, Carrie Fisher will never be forgotten. Her memory – what she left behind – lives on forever. That, however, doesn’t make her untimely death less painful.

I wrote above that I’m inconsolable. That I don’t know what to do. This really hurts. But we also have to remember that while we – the fans – are reduced to blubbering messes, Carrie Fisher’s family and friends are heartbroken as well. Please keep them in your thoughts in the days to come.

Thank you, Carrie. Thank you for everything you’ve done. Thank you for the role you’ve played in all of our lives. You were one-of-a-kind. We all miss you. Farewell, Princess. We loved you. You knew.

UPDATE: One day after we lost our Princess, her mother Debbie Reynolds has passed away. We’ve lost two Hollywood Icons from some of the greatest movies of all-time. We’ve lost two lovely and important women. This is so indescribably sad and heartbreaking, and once again I must ask you to please keep the Fishers and the Lourds in your thoughts and prayers in the days to come. Rest in peace, Debbie and Carrie.

– Jeffrey Rex

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