Fisher is, of course, best known for playing Princess Leia in Star Wars, but she went on to become an accomplished author, as well. Whether you were a Star Wars fan or not, it's hard to ignore the impact she had on a certain generation of filmgoers, and the sadness of a life cut short.
This hasn't been a good year for celebrity deaths - David Bowie, Prince, George Michael and a too-long list of others - but we'll leave the statistical analysis of it all for another day. For now, a life devoted to creativity and opening the eyes of others has ended. No matter how brightly a given star may shine, it's always tragic when that light is extinguished.