I logged into my Facebook this afternoon (my time), only to find that the first post on my home feed was a short message from the Princess Leah page, informing all of us that she had passed away this morning, in the arms of her parents.
Like so many other fans and non-fans, I had followed her story over the years. I was, admittedly, not always up to date with her progress, but nevertheless, I kept as close a watch as I could. For the longest time, her progress seemed very positive; she had overcome numerous hurdles and infections, and proven herself to be an incredibly strong little girl. I felt so hopeful for her and her family that, little by little, this could be overcome. It absolutely gutted me to read that announcement today. She had been overrun with an infection for the past week, and sadly, it was too much for her to fight off. I actually feel guilty for not keeping quite up to date with things; the infection was somewhat of a surprise for me, and I assumed she was, otherwise, doing alright. I'm so, so sorry for her family. Zev and Frani, you have my deepest condolences for your loss.
Leah was a truly special little girl; she brought the Star Wars community closer in so many ways, and we have, without a doubt, lost a remarkable person! It breaks my heart that we're no longer going to see those little updates with her progress. I'm grateful that her passing was painless and that she is now free from her debilitating infections and disabilities, but I can't express how sad I am. Rest in peace, little princess; you're in safe arms, and will live in our memories forever.
May the Force with you Leah. Always.