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That hashtag of CarrieOnForever has resulted in an outpouring of heartfelt messages and tributes to Fisher, including a touching animation from Disney Story Artist Brian Kesinger.

On a flight back to Los Angeles from London, Fisher had reportedly stopped breathing, and she was taken to UCLA as soon as the plane landed.

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The post was accompanied by photos of Hamill and Fisher as well as a sketch of Fisher famously flipping the bird as she holds her beloved dog Gary. Fisher's official cause of death was sleep apnea, with contributing factors, including drug use. He also shared artwork which showed Carrie dressed in robes, a crown and with the sun behind her, like in a classical painting. But he came to realize how such an arc ultimately served the story of the new generation and led to what he ultimately considered an "all-time GREAT" film. As everyone works out their feelings, one of the most divisive topics has been the characterization of Luke Skywalker, the young and optimistic hero of the original trilogy turned bitter old hermit in The Last Jedi.

"Beauty and the Beast" actor Josh Gad tweeted a gif of Fisher, writing, "We miss you".

Hamill said fans know more about the sprawling franchise now than he does. "Because if I was just another benevolent Jedi training you padawans, we've seen it", Hamill said.

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"I remember one time - I'm sure alcohol was involved - we were talking about kissing techniques", Hamill continued. "All I wanted was to make a good movie".

Hamill also opened up about struggling to cope with the loss of his longtime onscreen sister.

A Co Donegal man who built the Millennium Falcon space ship on rugged cliffs at Ireland's northern tip has said the sight of his creation in The Last Jedi sent shivers up his spine.

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