Crying as I write this. I knew it was coming after the news of her heart attack before Christmas, but knowing that, anticipating that finality, somehow didn't lessen the blow of truly losing her. I've talked before about how important and life-impacting Star Wars was to me (and my family) in 1977, and how the universe and films continued to shape and fill my life after that. Princess Leia has been a huge part of that. If anything, I loved her more in Force Awakens than I had in the original trilogy. I'd follow Princess Leia into any battle for the Rebellion, anywhere, anytime. As Max Von Sydow's character said in Force Awakens, "To me, she's royalty."
This is a very sad day.
Rest in Peace.