Carrie Fisher
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" director JJ Abrams is mourning Carrie Fisher's death. Pictured: Carrie Fisher poses for cameras as she arrives at the European Premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in Leicester Square, London on Dec. 16, 2015. Reuters/Paul Hackett

The death of “Star Wars” legend Carrie Fisher really shook up the world this holiday season, and it’s a sad development for all her fans and those who had worked with her.

One such person is “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams. In the 2015 film, Abrams got the opportunity to work with Fisher as she reprised her role as Princess (now General) Leia Organa. On his Twitter page, he wrote a touching tribute for her. “You didn’t need to meet Carrie Fisher to understand her power,” the filmmaker wrote on a handwritten note. “She was just as brilliant and beautiful, tough and wonderful, incisive and funny as you could imagine. What an unfair thing to lose her. How lucky to have been blessed with her at all.”

While they were still making the film, Abrams had nothing but wonderful things to say about the actress. He was in awe of her talent, and for a huge “Star Wars” fan such as himself, getting the opportunity to work with Fisher was a huge treat.

“It felt historic to have her, especially with Harrison [Ford], back in scenes together,” Abrams earlier told Entertainment Weekly. “I can only imagine the baggage that they bring to it, I’m just a fan who loves this stuff, but they’ve been living with it — and living in it — since ’77.”

Abrams also said of Fisher at that time, “She is crazy brilliant. She’s actually, she reminds me more than anyone I’ve met of Mike Nichols, which is why, I think, when they did Postcards from the Edge, they got along so famously. It’s an amazing thing, her sort of free-associative mind, her ability to find humor in anything — she’s like a divining rod for wordplay. She’s incredible.”

Fisher, 60, passed away on Dec. 27 following a cardiac arrest. She is survived by her mother, Debbie Reynolds, and daughter, Billie Lourd.