Star Wars legend Carrie Fisher is understood to have been planning to start a new life in Britain before suffering a fatal heart attack onboard a transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles.

The 60 year old actress had already bought a property in London, according to a source close to the family. However, she was never able to move into her new home as she lost her fight for survival on Tuesday, having suffered a heart attack four days earlier.

According to a friend, she had just bought a property in the English capital and was looking forward to spending more time in London, which she loved. The source said her friends in Britain were stunned that she had gone.

Ms Fisher had been enjoying spending lots of time in Europe over the past few months, as part of a book tour to promote her memoirs. She had posted images of her and her beloved French bulldog Gary enjoying time in England, including having tea at the Ritz and meeting British policeman. She had also just appeared on the eponymous Graham Norton Show.

Tributes

Ms Fisher had also been working in the UK, where she had filmed season three of the Amazon show Catastrophie, in which she played Sharon Horgan’s mother in law. Ms Horgan paid tribute to Ms Fisher following her death, describing her as “the most generous, fun, gifted, smart, kind, funny funny funny person I’ve ever met.”

She also visited London last year, along with co-stars Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill to promote The Force Awakens in Leicester Square. While Ms Fisher lived in LA for decades as she filmed hit movies and television shows, it is thought she was looking to split her time between California and London in the upcoming years.

While Ms Fisher may have passed on, she will still be seen in parts she has already filmed in upcoming weeks and months, including the latest installment of Star Wars, and also episodes of Family Guy.