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Carrie Fisher, most known for her role as Princess Leia Organa in the original Star Wars filmshas died at the age of 60.

The actress suffered a heart attack on Friday December 23 while in transit from London to Los Angeles and had been in the hospital since. According to reports, Fisher suffered what doctors are calling a “cardiac event.”

“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” a family spokesperson said in a statement. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

The beloved actress, who struggled with substance abuse for years, also starred in The Blues BrothersThe Man with One Red Shoe and in the 1989 classic, When Harry Met Sally.

Several celebrities and fans took to social media expressing their shock following Fisher’s tragic passing, including Bette Midler and Billy Dee Williams.

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Fisher, who was the daughter of the pop singer Eddie Fisher, is survived by her famous mother, Debbie Reynolds and daughter, Scream Queens actress Billie Catherine Lourd.

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Is Hollywood Trying To Make Sterling K. Brown The New Denzel Washington?

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Sir Sidney Poitier was a force to be reckoned with in the 60’s and 70’s. Denzel Washington came onto the scene in the late 80’s and instantly stole the hearts of women around the world. And we can’t forget about the Blair Underwoods, Morris Chestnuts and the Shemar Moores of the 90’s.

But while many of these men are still around knocking roles out of the ballpark, we can’t help but notice the push for one major newcomer: Sterling K. Brown.

Although having been in the business for some time, it was Brown’s portrayal of Christopher Darden in FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson that really stole the attention of audiences around the nation.

And if that wasn’t enough, Brown became one of the most idolized characters on NBC’s This Is Us, playing a successful Black man in a successful Black marriage, navigating his way though his relationships with siblings.

Now after picking up two Emmy Awards, there seems to be a big push in the media to make Brown the new universal “it” man. Sure he is the ultimate trifecta — ear to ear smile, impeccable acting chops and a banging body.

But there’s a very direct narrative being told. Is Sterling on his way to becoming Hollywood’s new beef cake? Is Hollywood setting the star up to have the same level of celebrity and placement in this bizarre hierarchy as the beloved Denzel?

On Monday, Brown even appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres show for the first time somehow ended up with his shirt off.

Sure the popular daytime series had a “reason” behind having the actor ride a tractor without his shirt on … but this is clearly another way of reminding the world that the sex appeal is on point.

Needless to say, nobody will replace the many men who have led the way for stars before them. But there’s no doubt the industry is holding it’s arms wide open for Brown to come running in for the largest embrace of a lifetime.

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