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The previous year took so many beloved artists away from us. Alan Rickman, David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, George Michael, Gene Wilder… the list seems endless, but we are now focusing on the latest “victim” of 2016 – Carrie Fisher.

The whole world remembers her as the beloved Princess Leia from the Star Wars movies, but we think she was so much more than that.

Carrie Fisher, A Cultural Icon

Carrie was never just an actress. She was deemed “a cultural icon” by many and for a good reason. She spent most of her life trying to help others through her writing and her roles, and she did it so selflessly that she almost forgot who Carrie Fisher was in the first place.

This is why we are here now – to remind you just whom we just lost.

She was a true advocate for mental health issues, while she never hesitated to talk about her own struggles with addiction. Carrie tried to raise awareness about these relevant issues and she almost always put others’ needs first.

Aside from being an actress, Carrie was an animal lover; a rebel; a writer; an altruist; a wandering star; a true cultural icon.

Throughout her colorful career, Carrie worked on many memorable movies, TV shows and other projects. Most significant of them include: Star Wars, Wishful Drinking, Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally, 30 Rock, Family Guy, Postcards From The Edge, The Big Bang Theory, Entourage, Legit, Catastrophe…

Our favorite is definitely her hilarious 2009 Broadway show Wishful Drinking through which she overtly addressed her mental illness, unique stardom, addiction, depression and unusual family life.

Special And Unique

Carrie’s way of expressing her life and inner narrative was indeed unique. She shamelessly opened herself up for us through her roles and her novels/memoirs in which she talked about her own issues and struggles in order to help others.

She managed to become a role model for women across the globe and she certainly went down in history as an epitome of stoicism.

She was announced dead after suffering a fatal heart attack on Friday, December 23 at the age of 60.

Carrie Fisher, you will be missed and you will always be with us. Let the force be with you. Always.