Report: Carrie Fisher Suffers Cardiac Arrest on Plane

Carrie Fisher (Photo: Getty Images)
Carrie Fisher (Photo: Getty Images)

By Variety Staff

Carrie Fisher’s brother tells the AP that the actress is “out of emergency” and stabilized at a Los Angeles hospital. Read more here.

Carrie Fisher suffered a full cardiac arrest on Friday while aboard an airplane going from London to LAX, an emergency official confirmed to Variety. The actress is in critical condition, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Airport police responded at approximately 12:15 p.m. PT to a woman with a medical emergency on a plane a Terminal 7, but they couldn’t confirm the identify of the victim, public information officer Alicia Hernandez told Variety.

The female victim had gone into cardiac arrest and officers from the Los Angeles County Fire Department were already on the scene performing CPR, when airport police arrived. She was transported to local hospital for medical treatment.

Fisher reportedly went into cardiac arrest about 15 minutes before the plane landed, TMZ first reported.

LAFD spokesman Erik Scott said paramedics were standing by for the plane’s arrival at 12:11 p.m., and immediately provided “advanced life support, aggressively treated, and transported” the patient — whom they couldn’t name — to a local hospital.

United Airlines released a statement on Friday afternoon.

“Medical personnel met United flight 935 from London to Los Angeles upon arrival today after the crew reported that a passenger was unresponsive. Our thoughts are with our customer at this time and any requests for additional information should be directed to local authorities.”

Reps for Fisher did not immediately respond to Variety‘s request for comment.

Several people who say they were on board the airplane with Fisher took to social media to share the news. “Don’t know how else to process this but Carrie Fisher stopped breathing on the flight home. Hope she’s gonna be OK,” wrote filmmaker and YouTuber Anna Akana.

Comedian Brad Gage wrote, “I’m in complete shock. Anna Akana and I sat in front of Carrie Fisher on our flight from London and she was just taken off the plane by EMTs”

Fisher, known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, has recently been on tour promoting her memoir The Princess Diarist.

Actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars franchise, wrote on Twitter: “Thoughts and prayers for our friend and everyone’s favorite princess right now.”