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Carrie Fisher dies at 60

‘Star Wars’ actress suffered medical emergency on flight

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Carrie Fisher (Photo by Riccardo Ghilardi; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Actress Carrie Fisher died in a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday.

The 60-year-old actress who is best known for her role as Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars” passed away four days after suffering a medical emergency on a flight from London to Los Angeles. Reports indicate that Fisher, who struggled with mental illness and addiction, suffered a heart attack.

“Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter,” wrote Fisher’s mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, on her Facebook page.

George Lucas, who created “Star Wars,” is among those who mourned Fisher.

“She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved,” said Lucas in a statement, according to the Associated Press. “In ‘Star Wars’ she was our great and powerful princess – feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think.”

Singer Eddie Fisher was Fisher’s father.

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PHOTOS: Loudoun Pride

LGBTQ community celebration held at Claude Moore Park in Sterling, Va.

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Loudoun County, Va. elected officials gather on the main stage at Loudoun Pride on Saturday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The first Loudoun Pride was held at Claude Moore Park in Sterling, Va. on Saturday, June 26.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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PHOTOS: Frederick Pride

Annual celebration held at Carroll Creek Linear Park on Saturday

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Chasity Vain is among the performers at the main stage of Frederick Pride 2022. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The 10th annual Frederick Pride was held at Carroll Creek Linear Park in Frederick, Md. on Saturday, June 25.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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Rayceen Pendarvis hosts District of Pride Showcase

Mayor’s Office celebrates resilience of D.C.’s LGBTQ community with night of entertainment

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Rayceen Pendarvis hosts District of Pride Showcase on June 30. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The Mayor’s Office for LGBTQ Affairs will host “The District of Pride Showcase” on Thursday, June 30 at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Theatre.

This event is to celebrate the resilience of D.C.’s LGBTQ community with a night of entertainment and performances that will feature the diverse queer talent.

This event will be hosted by Rayceen Pendarvis, with announcer Krylios, featuring DJ Honey. There will also be a performance by “Real Housewives of Potomac” star Candiace. 

This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

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