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Hundreds of fans honor Carrie Fisher with lightsaber vigil in South Austin

Carrie Fisher Honor (Photo Credit: Jennifer Weems)

Wednesday evening, hundreds of Star Wars fans gathered at Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar to honor the life of Hollywood star, Carrie Fisher.

Iconic "Star Wars" actress died Tuesday. She was 60 years old.

Fisher, who played Princess Leia, was hospitalized after experiencing a heart attack aboard a flight Friday.

A "Lightsaber Vigil" was held for the South Lamar location at 6:30p.m. Attendees of all ages dressed as their favorite Star Wars characters and brought multiple lightsabers as they please.

"Princess Leia is for the girl, and I mean, even more than little girls, she was just the princess that wasn't for people into ballgowns or Prince Charming saving them. She was the kind of person we could say, hey, I like lightsaber and storm troopers and I want more of that. She's my princess," said Morgan Hendrix of Alamo Drafthouse.

Hendrix said when she posted the event on social media not 24 hours after Fisher's death, 300,000 people viewed the event page.

Alamo Drafthouse hopes the interest and love for Fisher and Star Wars transitions into next year. They plan to hold screenings to benefit charities that were important to Fisher.

"She was a huge advocate for mental health and we’d love to shine a spotlight on that and help her in that fight,” said Hendrix.

After Fisher's death, many fans are wondering how her passing will affect future Star Wars movies.

She finished filming episode eight, but it won't hit the theaters until next December.

Episode nine will be another story.

If you were a fan, here's a look back at her career.

May the force be with you. Always.

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