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Carrie Fisher's tell-all memoir tops charts after her tragic death

By Francesca Gosling

Carrie Fisher's candid account of life behind the scenes of the Star Wars films topped the best-seller list yesterday as tributes continued to pour in following the actress's death.

The Princess Diarist, which was published earlier this year, details her previously secret affair with Harrison Ford, which the pair conducted while filming the sci-fi blockbuster before its release in 1977.

The tell-all book topped the Amazon chart the day after the Princess Leia star died aged 60, having suffered a heart attack while on a transatlantic flight on December 23.

It came as Fisher's ex-husband, the singer-songwriter Paul Simon, added his memories of the actress to a tide of condolences. The former half of American duo Simon & Garfunkel wrote online: "Yesterday was a horrible day. Carrie was a special, wonderful girl. It's too soon. Paul Simon."

Ford (74) released a heartfelt statement about his co-star on Tuesday. "Carrie was one of a kind ... brilliant, original," he said. "(She was) funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely."

Fisher, who became an international screen star and sex symbol after she appeared in the first Star Wars film, died in California on Tuesday morning, a family spokesman said.

Her Star Wars legacy is set to continue when she returns as General Leia Organa in Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is due for release next December.

Disney, which owns the franchise, confirmed yesterday that production had wrapped on the film, which will see her reprise her role from last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Fisher captured the hearts of a generation of young men as the blaster-toting, bikini-wearing princess and tough resistance fighter in the three original Star Wars films.

Her character had a simmering romance with Ford's Han Solo throughout the movies.

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