Mark Hamill posts a wonderful tribute to Carrie Fisher one year after her tragic death
Carrie Fisher's untimely death last year left her fans, and fans of the Star Wars franchise heartbroken. The actress died at the age of 60 on the 27th December 2016 as a result of sudden cardiac arrest, four days after experiencing a medical emergency during a transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles. The passing of the pop-culture icon caused a veritable maelstrom in the press, with celebrities of every ilk sharing their memories of the Hollywood legend, and offering their condolences to the Fisher family.
And one year later, not much as changed. Since her final film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi (a feature which was dedicated to her), was released on the December 15th, 2017, fans have taken every opportunity to remember the star. However, it's all the more poignant now, on the anniversary of her death. Certainly, her co-star, Mark Hamill chose to commemorate the occasion by posting a loving tribute to the actress, one year after her passing.
Mark Hamill, who is known for playing Luke Skywalker, posted photos of him and Carrie Fisher together alongside a drawing depicting Fisher holding her dog, Gary, and raising her middle finger.
"No one's ever really gone..." Hamill captioned the image, adding the hashtags #AlwaysWithUs and #CarrieOnForever. The quote will be familiar to any Star Wars fan, as it is the same line that Hamill's alter-ego, Luke Skywalker, says to Leia Organa, Fisher's character, in The Last Jedi.
Hamill also wrote a touching tribute to his dear friend earlier this year for The Hollywood Reporter. "We ran the gamut over the years, where we were in love with each other, where we hated each other’s guts. “I’m not speaking to you, you’re such a judgmental, royal brat!” We went through it all. It’s like we were a family," he wrote.
Admitting that the pair had no idea that the Star Wars franchise would be so commercially successful, he continued:
"Carrie and I occupied a unique area in each other’s lives. It was like we were in a garage band together that somehow hit it huge. We had no idea the impact Star Wars would have on the world. I remember we were out on tour right before the movie opened. By the time we got to Chicago, there was a crowd at the airport. I said, ‘Hey look, you guys, there must be somebody famous on the plane.” I was looking around to see who it might be. And then in the crowd I saw a kid dressed in a Han Solo vest. Then I saw a girl dressed like Princess Leia."
Fans of Carrie Fisher have also taken to social media today to commemorate the actress's life. One Twitter user wrote, "It’s been a year since we lost Carrie Fisher. My resolution for 2018 is to put into better practice everything she taught - the wisdom to own yourself, flaws and all, and to give as few f***s as possible"
Carrie Fisher will certainly remain an enduring icon for decades to come. And on this day, which is sure to be painful, our thoughts lie with her friends and family.