Paul Simon and Carrie Fisher in 1979 (Ron Galella/WireImage)The world is mourning the untimely death of Carrie Fisher. The actress and author passed away Tuesday at age 60 after going into cardiac arrest Friday during a plane flight from London to Los Angeles. Fisher, who became famous for portraying Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, was married to Paul Simon from 1983 to 1984, and now the acclaimed singer/songwriter has issued a statement about his ex-wife’s passing that’s been posted on his social media sites.
“Yesterday was a horrible day,” writes Simon. “Carrie was a special, wonderful girl. It’s too soon.”
Fisher met Simon while she was filming the first Star Wars, and the two dated for years before marrying, then continued to date on and off even after their divorce. By all reports, the relationship was turbulent, and also inspired a number of Simon songs, including “Hearts and Bones” and the Grammy-winning “Graceland.”
In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Fisher noted, “I do like the songs he wrote about our relationship. Even when he’s insulting me, I like it very much. If you’re gonna be insulted, that’s the way to go.”
Meanwhile, a variety of other well-known musicians also have posted online tributes to Fisher or reactions to her death. Here are some of them:
Ringo Starr: “Peace and love Carrie Fisher peace and love to all the family.”
KISS‘ Paul Stanley: “Carrie Fisher RIP Her play, books & films brought joy to millions. She once told me something I never forgot. Thanks.”
Robbie Robertson: “Carrie Fisher brought a shining light – unique to the planet Earth. She stunned your senses and was fearless in breaking the rules of politically correct. Some of the most brilliant funny moments I’ve ever witnessed. Blessings.”
The Kinks‘ Dave Davies: “RIP Carrie Fisher – what talent & legacy with Star Wars – she helped create a character that has become an important part of our film history.”
The Zombies: “We can’t believe it, first it was @GeorgeMichael and now @carrieffisher. Both gone way too soon!”
Foghat: “We have lost yet another great entertainer, so sad. Rest in Peace Carrie Fisher. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and fans! Any Star Wars fans out there?”
Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro: “I saw Star Wars IV over 50 times in the theater in 1977. @carrieffisher helped shape my entire life! RIP :(“
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