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Fans make Carrie Fisher a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Carrie Fisher
Photograph: Courtesy Lucasfilm/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images

After learning the tragic news that Carrie Fisher passed away Tuesday morning, fans headed to the Hollywood Walk of Fame to mourn and pay their respects to the late Star Wars actress. Surprisingly, Fisher was never presented with an official star, but that didn't stop fans from creating a makeshift one of their own.

Candles and flowers adorn an empty star on Orange and Hollywood boulevards with the words "Carrie Fisher" and "May the force be with you always" written across it. A representative from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce says that this honorary Carrie Fisher star will be left in place for fans to have a place to mourn. 

The born and bred Angeleno played the beloved Princess Leia in the Star Wars film series and also starred in films like The Blues Brothers and When Harry Met Sally. Fisher was born into fame as the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher. The actress grew up in Beverly Hills and attended Beverly Hills High School until dropping out at age 15 to pursue her acting career. After suffering a heart attack during a flight from London, she was hospitalized and passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 60. 

Fisher's fans should take note that this fleeting star will not last. Similar to what happened after Prince's death (another celebrity who was never awarded a star), commemorative items placed around the star will eventually be removed. As we say goodbye to the year 2016, fans of the witty and outspoken Carrie Fisher can bid farewell to a Hollywood legend from anywhere in the world, but Angelenos are lucky to have the opportunity to pay tribute in the city she once called home.

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