Millions of Star Wars fans around the world will be mourning the death of Carrie Fisher, according to an actor who appeared alongside her.
Warwick Davis appeared with the Princess Leia actress in Return of the Jedi.
“It’s a really, really sad day, of course for her family, friends and people who worked with her, but for millions of Star Wars fans around the world,” he said.
He played the role of Wicket the Ewok and recalled filming a scene with the star when he was just 11-years-old.
“She was always very concerned with me in an Ewok costume getting very hot.
“So she would be standing by with chocolate milk and cookies to revive me after the shoot.”
He also described the actress as an eccentric, describing how she would often appear in public with her beloved dog Gary.
“She would take Gary everywhere with her – on the red carpet at premieres, live on stage when I’ve interviewed her. I’ve been attacked by her dog many times.”
Harrison Ford, who appeared as Han Solo opposite Fisher’s Princess Leia in four Star Wars movies, said in a statement: “We will all miss her.
“Carrie was one-of-a-kind … brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely.”
The American star died in hospital on Monday at the age of 60, four days after suffering a heart attack on a flight to Los Angeles from London.
Mark Hamill, the Luke Skywalker actor, tweeted a picture of himself with Fisher from the set alongside the caption: “No words #Devastated.”
Franchise creator George Lucas, said: “In Star Wars she was our great and powerful princess – feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think.”
Billy Dee Williams, who starred as Lando Calrissian, also tweeted: “I’m deeply saddened at the news of Carrie’s passing.
“She was a dear friend, whom I greatly respected and admired. The force is dark today!”
Fisher’s mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, wrote on Facebook: “Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter.
“I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love Carrie’s Mother.”
In a statement released on behalf of Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd, spokesman Simon Halls said: “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”