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Carrie Fisher’s death caused by sleep apnea, other factors: coroner

June 17, 2017 By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The death last year of actor Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” franchise, was due to sleep apnea and other causes, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said in a statement on Friday. Fisher died aged 60 on Dec. 27, four days after she became unresponsive on a flight from London to Los Angeles and was rushed to a hospital. Fisher was a mental health advocate who spoke about her struggles with…

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‘Star Wars’ embraces girl power with new heroine stories, toys

April 14, 2017 (Reuters) – “Star Wars” is beefing up its girl power through a new series of animated short movies featuring the sci-fi saga’s heroines including Princess Leia, Rey and Jyn Erso. Walt Disney Co and Lucasfilm announced on Thursday that “Star Wars Forces of Destiny” will focus on the “untold stories of everyday heroism that shape the destinies” of the main female characters in the franchise. The move is the latest by Disney to broaden the male-dominated audience for the “Star Wars” series, which is celebrating the 40th…

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