Fans mourn the passing of Carrie Fisher

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Tuesday, December 27th saw the passing of Carrie Fisher, one of the most influential celebrities of modern times.

Fans took to social media sites such as twitter and tumblr to express their love and mourning for the actress. Some fans were more extreme, as seen in New Orleans when thousands turned out in costume in a tribute parade.

Fisher was famous for her iconic role as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy and was later known as General Leia in The Force Awakens. She was an accomplished author, as well as a strong advocate for mental health  and drug awareness. Later in her career she spoke publicly regarding her experiences with bipolar disorder and drug addiction.

Fisher’s death is followed by the death of her mother, Debbie Reynolds, who passed away the day after. The two are to be buried together.