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Fans want Carrie Fisher's Leia recognised as a Disney princess

The actress was beloved as Princess Leia, a role she reprised for the first time in 32 years in 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Fans of Carrie Fisher have launched a petition to have the late actress' Star Wars character officially deemed a Disney princess.

The tragic star shot to fame as Princess Leia in George Lucas' original sci-fi trilogy, and reprised the iconic role for 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

She also reportedly wrapped filming scenes for the next sequel, Star Wars: Episode VIII, before her untimely death on 27 December (16), and now devotees are calling on studio bosses, who have taken over the rights to the franchise, to officially recognise Leia as a Disney princess.

A campaign has been established on by superfan Cody Christensen to convince Disney CEO Bob Iger to honour fans' request, and a week after its launch, it has garnered more than 58,000 signatures towards its 75,000 goal.

The post reads: "After the tragic loss of Carrie Fisher, we feel that it is only fitting for Disney to do away with the rule that an official Disney princess must be animated and make Leia a full-fledged princess. This would be a wonderful way to remember Carrie and a welcoming to one of Disney's new properties that is beloved by millions."

It continues, "What we are asking is that the Walt Disney Corporation hold a full ceremony inducting Leia as the newest Disney princess as well as a special service in memory of Carrie Fisher."

Carrie died at the age of 60, four days after suffering a massive heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles.

Her mother, Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds, died a day after her daughter from a suspected stroke.

A joint memorial service was held at the 84-year-old's Beverly Hills, California estate on Thursday (05Jan17), when guests included Meryl Streep, Gwyneth Paltrow, Meg Ryan, and George Lucas.

Carrie's body was recently cremated, but a portion of her ashes is set to be buried alongside her mother's remains at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles on Friday (06Jan17).

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