Mark Hamill Pays Tribute to Carrie Fisher One Year After Her Death: She’s ‘Always With Us’

Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher attend the Midnight Mission's 100 year anniversary Golden Heart Gala held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

Carrie Fisher will always be with her Star Wars costar Mark Hamill. The actor took to Twitter on Wednesday, December 27, to pay tribute to the late icon on the first anniversary of her passing.

“No one’s ever really gone…,” Hamil, 66, wrote alongside three photos, adding the hashtags, “#AlwaysWithUs #CarrieOnForever.” Two of the pictures he shared were of the costars posing together, one in their younger years and one more recent. The third image was an illustration of Fisher holding her beloved dog, Gary, while flipping her middle finger. 

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Fisher died at the age of 60 in December 2016, four days after suffering cardiac arrest during a flight from London to Los Angeles. It was later determined that the star’s cause of death was sleep apnea and a combination of other undetermined factors. According to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, Fisher showed signs of having taken multiple drugs, though officials could not determine whether those contributed to her death. Fisher’s mother, Debbie Reynolds, died just one day later at the age of 84. 

Fisher appears alongside Hamill in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which was released on December 14. The duo reprised their respective roles as Leia Organa (formerly Princess Leia) and Luke Skywalker. Fisher’s beloved dog also appears in the film, director Rian Johnson confirmed via Twitter on December 5. “YES! Wow, good eyes!” he wrote in response to a tweeter who asked, “@rianjohnson we @FanthaTracks want to know if you can confirm this cute little creature is #spacegary in #TheLastJedi.”

Hamill recently opened up to The Guardian about working with Fisher on the franchise’s first film, which premiered in 1977. “Carrie and I were attracted to one another, but I knew from previous jobs that it would have been a bad idea [to get involved with someone on set],” Hamill said in a profile published on Thursday, December 14. “But Carrie and I found pretexts.”

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“I remember one time — I’m sure alcohol was involved — we were talking about kissing techniques,” Hamill continued. “‘Well I think I’m a fairly good kisser. I like to let the women come to me rather than be aggressive.’ And she said, ‘What do you mean?’ Well, next thing you know we’re making out like teenagers!”

Hamill also opened up about struggling to cope with the loss of his longtime onscreen sister. “It’s devastating and I still haven’t come to terms with it,” Hamill told The Guardian. “Gosh darn it, I still think of her in the present tense, you know?”

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